Et Tu, Church?

CTM“We assume that our followers will have our backs.  But that is all a comforting fantasy if you are truly trying to bring change to an organizational system.  Whether it is a family, a church, a business, a not-for-profit or a government, all the best literature makes it clear: to lead you must be able to disappoint your own people.  But, even doing so well (‘at a rate they can absorb’) does not preclude them turning on you.  In fact, when you disappoint your own people, they will turn on you.”

“Sabotage is natural.  It’s normal.  It’s part and parcel of the systemic process of leadership…Saboteurs are usually doing nothing but unconsciously supporting the status quo.  They are protecting the system and keeping it in place.  They are preserving something dear to them.”

“Many who sabotage you will even claim that they are doing you a favor by doing so.  [Edwin] Friedman describes the ‘peace-mongers’ as ‘highly anxious risk-avoiders’ who are ‘more concerned with good feelings than progress’ and consistently prefer the peaceful status quo over the turbulence of change – even if change is necessary.”

~ Tod Bolsinger, Canoeing the Mountains


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