The Q ensures that Mission accomplishment is always the Team’s first priority
A Team’s Mission is the Task it performs in order to realize its Articulated Purpose
Like Organizations, Teams do something (the Task) in order to realize a specified Outcome (the Purpose). Because they are part of an Organization and/or serve a Community, the Outcome a Team seeks is something that is in furtherance of the Organization’s Purpose and/or that will benefit the health of the Community.
The degree to which a Team is Dynamic will be based wholly upon its ability to accomplish its Mission
Teams that can’t or won’t perform their Mission become static and ultimately morph into clubs or simply disintegrate.
To keep that from happening, the Q constantly reinforces Missionality by ensuring that Mission accomplishment is the Team’s first priority. This requires Deliberatude, for the Q will encounter both the internal tendency of the Members to coast, and external demands that have nothing to do with the Mission.
It is very easy to determine if the Q is reinforcing Missionality within a Team. Simply ask a Member to tell you what the Mission is. If he can’t do that, ask him what the Team does, and why the Team does it. If he can’t answer either of those questions, the Q is not reinforcing Team Missionality.
The first step of Missionality is to determine the Problem the Team exists to solve
This provides the Q with the Team’s Purpose. A Team can be formed for any legitimate Purpose, but it cannot exist simply to exist. In other words, if a Team’s Purpose includes the verb to be, than you have a club not a Team.
Read More: MISSIONALITY: Life led to Purpose. (Q2.3).
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
- “A leader takes people where they would never go on their own.”
- “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.”
- “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
The law of the garbage truck
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!
The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck’.
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally, just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.