Do You Feel Controlled or Empowered? (1:31)

Creating organizations that stifle the creativity of our colleagues in ministry, and harness them into places and jobs where they don’t thrive, works against the very image of God in us, it seems to me.


From management studies and thinking today by a younger cadre of thinkers and writers, changes in organizations are necessary, even from the secular perspective.  How much more, then, from the Christian organization perspective.

Wouldn’t it be a great idea to keep assessing our organizations to ensure they are responsive to our workers while focusing on a mission!  To ensure that happens within Life Impact, our Board has initiated a couple assessments that measure CEO impact within the organization.  One is the Dennison Assessment, and the other is by Synergistics, Leadership Impact.

Jacob Morgan, one of those younger thinkers, shares another concept on what he believes is an effective organization today that unleashes the potential of the individual worker.


From Management to Leadership

Lifting boundaries isn’t a matter of executive direction.  It’s about re-thinking management and shifting perspective from telling people what to do, to getting them excited to want to do it.  We don’t need more managers, we need more leaders.  Today, any employee can become that leader.  Yet the norm in most organizations is to bring in more and more managers to oversee people and then more managers to look after those managers.

The goal of all of this, of course, is to get a tighter grip on the organization, to enforce control.  The original goal of management was simply to

  • make sure that employees showed up to work on time to do their tasks,
  • to not ask questions,
  • to not cause problems, and then
  • to leave and do that over and over again.


Management wasn’t focused on innovation, the voice of the employee, engagement, or creativity.  That was the case 100 years ago—and it’s still the case in too many organizations today.  This is why it’s so crucial to create leadership capacity in every aspect of the business.

Today, the leader needs to challenge common assumptions around management, and mentor employees to help them become successful.  The leader has followers not because he commands them, but because he has earned them.

(Jacob is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, The Collaborative Organization: A Strategic Guide to Solving Your Internal Business Challenges Using Social and Collaborative Tools (McGraw Hill).


About Dave Grissen

David & Sheri Grissen spent 44 years in mission and humanitarian aid work. In 2003 they established Life Impact, a ministry of strengthening Christian workers in hosted centers, called Oases. Presently 12 Oases are functioning. In 2016 they started Fund The Ministry to help missionaries create new funding for their ministries. They have five married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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One Response to Do You Feel Controlled or Empowered? (1:31)

  1. Dave Grissen says:

    Good description and I see your point on the Millennials from what I know of their values and perspectives. The issue for an organization is always “control.” At what points must we have accountability within the organization. I think groups like WYAM, perhaps OM have figured out good ways to do that — mobilize, send and empower in a loose knit manner.

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