Got an wrinkle in your structure or strategy that just isn’t right?  We’re working through 7 Practices of Effective Ministry right now and I’m specifically thinking about practice #2, Think Steps, Not Programs.  The idea is to determine that each of your programs or events needs to be designed to move your customer, at least one step, in the direction you want them to go.  Once you determine that the next project is to look at each of the programs in your effort and see if they’re actually doing that.  You may discover that you’ve got some long established programs that really don’t lead people to where you’d like them to go.  They may not be bad in and of themselves.  They’re just not productively leading them to where you want them to go.  And the question is, "so then what?"  What do you do when you discover that you’ve got programs that don’t lead people to where you want them to go?

According to Peter Drucker in July 5th’s reading in The Daily Drucker, we might be able to think about our organization in the same way a doctor thinks about a patient.  Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment is prescribed.  And when a degenerative disease is diagnosed decisive action is taken.  Here’s the line I loved:

"A degenerative disease will not be cured by procrastination.  It requires decisive action."

Got any degenerative disease going on?  Whatcha gonna do?

Drucker and Decisive Action