I heard another great leadership lesson from my friend Jimmy (often the source of my best material).
We have a volunteer on one of our teams who didn’t like the person he was serving with. Rather than speaking up about it (like the volunteer in this post), he kept it to himself and got more irritated until he was ready to quit the team (and probably leave the church). When we found out about it from his wife, we moved him to another team where he could serve more “effectively”.
Jimmy said “We moved him, but that is just a temporary fix. We all know that soon enough, he will find someone else to get irritated over and we will be facing this issue again. Therefore, we need a permanent fix. The team leader is going to start working with him to help him learn how to speak up and face his problems.”
Wow. That is brilliant.
When you are dealing with difficult people, do you look for a permanent fix (help grow them up)…or do you stop after the temporary fix?
Thanks for listening.