Strategies for Creating and Keeping Team Alignment

Strategies for Creating and Keeping Team Alignment

“What are you doing?” said Chelsea. “Assembling a puzzle,” I said. Chelsea quickly responded, “How long will it take you?” “A few hours. Probably before you leave,” I answered. “No, you won’t!” she shouted in disbelief.  Four hours later the puzzle was completed. Here is a photo of it, taken the morning after. Yes, it is glued and ready to be framed. I really enjoy putting puzzles together. I don’t know why, but if I had to guess I would say it has something to do with this blog post.  Puzzles... Read More
Alignment Isn’t Optional

Alignment Isn’t Optional

We’ve all had experiences where our team wasn’t aligned. It’s hard to make progress. It can lead to frustration and at times it can make us question our calling. A lack of alignment is exhausting. I’m not suggesting being aligned as an organization is easy, in fact, I would say alignment requires a lot of work but it beats the alternative. The keys to alignment come in all shapes and sizes: clear wins, consistent meetings, shared values, common language, and many more. Some of this you can... Read More
How To Align Leaders Around Your Mission

How To Align Leaders Around Your Mission

by Carey Nieuwhof  One of the dreams of almost every leader is to see every person within an organization motivated by the same mission and vision. Team alignment advances the mission further, faster. The reality is, very few organizations—and very few churches—function that way. Most leaders have had an unsettling feeling that they might be the most passionate person about their mission, and wonder how on earth to get dozens, hundreds or even thousands of others aligned with the same mission... Read More

Pure Juice, no Fillers, at Orange Tour

by Cindy Fiala The first time I ever attended an Orange Tour it was in Dallas, Texas. We had just started using this new thing called the “Orange Strategy” to teach kids and influence families. We were total newbies and were primed for some creative injections and mentoring to make this all it could be. We had no idea what the “tour” was, if it would be worth our travel to the neighboring state of all things big and awesome, but one thing we did know, we loved Orange and we couldn’t wait to... Read More
Aligning Partners at the Orange Tour

Aligning Partners at the Orange Tour

“Pat, I’m just not sure this Orange thing is going to work here.” Over the last six years I’ve heard that from a few people, so I wasn’t worried when Mark approached me last year. He raised some good questions and concerns about our recent transition to using the Orange curriculum in our kids’ ministry. I had already spent a lot of time with Mark and 15 other kids leaders as part of a Family Ministry Think Tank where we discussed the Orange Strategy and vision for Woodside Family Ministry.... Read More