Vision and strategy are essential to any endeavor. And so it follows, that the thinking that is put into developing a vision and strategy are incredibly essential.
Several years ago, when tasked with launching a new kind of a campus “venue” …a new sort of hybrid venue/campus for Saddleback Church…I wanted to sketch out a paradigm or approach to how I would think during the preparation and pre-launch phases.
Launching a campus starts with many things such as vision, planning, etc. I wanted to start with how I would approach the thinking that I would use to develop and implement vision, strategy, and plans.
This wasn’t so much a strategy in and of itself, but more of a thinking frame for the preparation and pre-launch phases of the “church plant.”
I developed a “thinking” approach (a paradigm) I called “Awareness” – AWARENESS
A- Ambidextrous Thinking
Hold two competing, if not opposite, ideas simultaneously, embrace the duality, seek to integrate them into a workable solution.
Global and Local
Bigger and Smaller
Faster and Slower
Take risks and be careful
Bias Towards Thinking and Bias Toward Action
Kaizen and Tenakaizen
High Levels of Teamwork and High Levels of Personal Accountability
We Have the Answers and They Have the Answers
Data Driven and Skeptical of Data
Predictable and Change is Normal
W- Wisdom Stewardship
The knowledge, learning, and wisdom of the team is intentionally curated and viewed as an asset to be leveraged intentionally- not passively. New learnings are integrated with existing knowledge. No knowledge wasted.
A- Adapting & Attaching
Copy, imitate, mash-up, pirate, re-mix and re-purpose ideas from outside to fit your needs.
Find other who are on the same mission or doing similar things and look for ways to attach to what they are doing creating synergy and conserving energy.
Human capital is key. Avoid falling into hierarchical traps. Keep the organization flat and insist on people building relationships. Relationships must be established inside and outside.
Leaders must ensure relationship are built because relationships intertwine the most crucial and important parts of an organization…its people…and its future. Both must be served
A clear vision is essential but the pathway to get there evolves over time.
Plans change…if you don’t have a strong strategic planning process…then you will soon have a bad plan you are stuck with.
Pray with anticipation: Nehemiah prays to God for the permission, provision, and protection he will need before he asks to go.
Connect with other people, leaders, teams, churches, organizations, and networks. Leverage personal networks, organizational networks, and social media to create serendipitous learning.
Create a “skunk works” atmosphere where people are not afraid to experiment and fail. Fail fast and fail forward.
There is a big difference between letting people try and fail..and letting them become failures. One is leadership, the other is neglect.
Resources need to be shared between people, teams, departments, and organizations. Do not allow resources to sit that could be shared with those who can use those resources now.
Try ideas and systems with this question in mind, “Can this be done bigger and at a larger scale?”
Consider, “How do we extend what we are doing today into tomorrow?”….Envisioning-what can we become/transform into tomorrow?
Those ideas will have power.
There is much that goes into launching a multi-site campus or church venue and much of it needs to be very intentional…this includes your thinking.