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July 17th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

Failure to Execute

Failing to execute is one type of failure that should be completely avoided. While I recognize that we all make mistakes, the failure to execute in my opinion is one of the worst. Especially when it is repeated.

It does not come as the result of taking a risk, or trying something new. It doesn’t provide profound lessons…the main thing that is learned when you fail to execute is that you need to execute next time :)

I’ve seen pastors and church leaders excuse poor execution with a lack of resources. Things do not bring execution, people do. Excellence in execution is far more important than excellence in equipment, buildings, or technology. Execution takes tenacious, committed, hard-working people, and they will do more for your church than money ever could.

As leaders, we can help our teams (whether staff or volunteers) bypass the failure to execute in a few ways:

  • Set clear expectations up front. Work with your team to determine the desired outcome for this project, including deadlines, results, budget, etc.
  • Encourage them to identify roadblocks and be a resource in helping your team move past them.
  • Define priorities clearly. If you’re throwing projects at your team in rapid-fire succession, make sure they know to tell you when an incoming idea jeopardizes a previous deadline.
  • Communicate early and often. The more you are in touch with your team, the easier it is to make small adjustments along the way.

How do you and your teams avoid the failure to execute?

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