Doing Change Right

imagesAs I look back on the various relationships that I have had with different leaders, I can count the effective ‘agents of change’ on one hand.
Most leaders are so involved in ‘putting out fires’ or ‘maintaining what they have’, that they really don’t have time to initiate and orchestrate change correctly.

Let me give you the four biggest mistakes these preoccupied leaders make when they try to bring about change just because they don’t take the time to plan it out carefully.
1.      They appear to have to be right.  They don’t have time to discuss this thing.  They have to move now and they have to do it their way to be sure it is done right.  That usually means they speak first and loudest, dominating the conversation.  It means they end up making most the decisions. They dare not lose control. Their time management suffers.
2.      They appear totally inflexible. They might as well shout ‘Don’t confuse me with facts!’. They love those who agree with them and shun those who find problems with their ideas. They have tunnel vision and can only see their solution. They have very poor listening skills.
3.      They lose their sense of humor. Constructive criticism becomes the enemy. Those who do not appear to be totally in agreement are often viewed as disloyal to them. Little setbacks become major issues because they don’t have time to do things right.
4.      Their organizational skills suffer.  Because it is often their idea, they feel like they have to ‘carry the ball’. Some times their honesty is questioned.  Accountability at all levels becomes an issue. Sometimes they become far too impulsive to an easy route.

Change requires effective leadership and team work.  When it is done right, it is a beautiful thing.



Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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