If you are intentional at getting better, then you chase others who are ahead of you to learn from them. (And, you give back to others who need to learn from you)
I just finished meeting with several members of a church staff who asked for my time for that very purpose. They are part of a dynamic, growing church…just a little smaller than where I serve (12Stone Church). We spent 2 hours together, and they said they wanted to avoid the obstacles that they felt were ahead of them that might inhibit their growth.
I observed a couple of things.
- They did not bring any prepared questions. Yes, they had some general topics that they wanted to talk about…but they clearly had not spent time preparing for the meeting. There were no “well formed” questions…and very few follow-up questions. We covered a lot of ground and enjoyed our time, but the time spent was not very focused and felt unproductive.
- They did not take any notes. In spite of covering issues that they believed are critical to their future, not one person wrote down anything that was said. So, I am left thinking that they either (a) have photographic memory, or (b) don’t value anything that we had to say.
If you are going to ask someone to spend their valuable time teaching you what they know, then make it worth everyone’s time by thinking & preparing your questions and by taking notes…even if you throw them away after the meeting.
Thanks for listening.