Daily Questions to Ask, pt2
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
The right questions can help you build a culture of development, growth, and teamwork.
1. WHAT IS MY PRIORITY TODAY?
2. WHAT CAN I DELEGATE TODAY?
3. WHAT CAN BE LEARNED TODAY?
4. WHO CAN I HELP TODAY?
5. WHAT DO WE DO THAT CAN BE IMPROVED?
Tyranny of the urgent is what drives a lot of things. Unfortunately, most things don’t get attention until they are completely broken. Rather than sitting back and looking at what is working OK, look for what could be improved, because it is not OK to just be OK. The non-squeaky wheel doesn’t get much attention. We need to keep improving things before they get broken. Sometimes improving those things brings better results than working on the broken things.
6. WHO CAN I THANK TODAY?
Who can I have a genuine, heartfelt “Thank you for what you are doing” conversation with? Tell people that you appreciate what they are doing, that God appreciates them, others appreciate them. When someone tells you thank you, it puts a little wind in your sails, a little fire in your belly. Learn to develop a culture of saying thank you. Try this, don’t just say thank you, but add their name. Names are powerful. Make it a regular part of your staff time to thank a few specific people who are there.
7. WHAT CAN I DO TODAY TO PLAN FOR TOMORROW?
This isn’t a question for 5 years down the road, but literally for tomorrow. Nothing is worse than getting up in the morning and trying to figure out what the day holds. Put in some thought today about what tomorrow holds. You’ll be more efficient and effective with that little bit of prep. Not planning anything is planning on accomplishing nothing.
8. HOW WOULD THIS WORK WITHOUT ME TODAY?
If I wasn’t here, how would things work without me? If I were out of the picture today, how would things work? This makes you think about communication, delegation, and strategy. Many times in church life, if a leader is missing, the meeting gets canceled, the program gets shut down, or no decisions get made. That is not a compliment. That is not a healthy scenario. I faced this in youth ministry—the youth leader couldn’t go so the youth couldn’t go. All the youth were deprived of that particular opportunity because the leader was unable to go. That is not a Kingdom system; that’s a bottleneck system. God wants it to work without you. This is a great discussion to have with your staff and volunteers. Not that you are leaving, but how would it work if you weren’t there? That conversation with those around you, will give you some very valuable input.
You can understand someone more by the questions they ask than the answers they have. Wouldn’t it be great if we were the best question askers? Jesus often would answer a question with a question. If you don’t ask the right question, you won’t get the right answer. Let’s start asking the right questions.
These are great daily questions:
1. What is my priority today?
2. What can I delegate today?
3. What can be learned today?
4. Who can I help today?
5. What do we do that can be improved?
6. Who can I thank today?
7. What can I do today to plan for tomorrow?
8. How would this work without me today?
Join us next week as Keith Tucci continues to put leadership truth in the context of the local church. And as always, please like, share, rate/review, and invite others to listen. See you next week!