Ok. What if you sort’ve knew that there was something wrong with your body…you could tell that you just didn’t feel quite right…but you didn’t have a name for it? You just kind of knew that it was not…quite…right? Ever had that happen?
Three years ago, spring of 2003, I was feeling that. Back hurt. Not enough energy. Wasn’t sleeping very well. Just didn’t feel right. And I made a preliminary diagnosis and then arrived at a prescription based on a hunch. I concluded that I needed to lose weight. In response I began to walk daily and eat less. I lost weight and began to feel better.
I was able to diagnose my own feelings for some very important reasons. First, I knew that I had gained 30 to 40 pounds over the last decade. Second, I knew that it had been a long time since I did very much in the way of exercise. Third, I knew that my cholesterol count was climbing. And fourth, I knew that before I gained the weight I felt better and was playing basketball regularly.
Now, here’s the question for today: what if you’re feeling that there is something wrong with your church? Maybe you don’t have a name for it…but things just don’t work the way they should. What do you do then? Is there a way to diagnose the issues and then begin to do something about what you’re discovering?
I’ve got to say again, check out the cool Org DNA Profiler on the Booz Allen Hamilton’s website. Maybe you’ve just needed the language in order to begin to diagnose the condition. Could it be that if you had a way of thinking about your organizational health you’d be able to diagnose the issues and then arrive at an accepted therapy? I think it’s the first step.
What do you think?