I had a meeting yesterday afternoon with a group of leaders from all kinds of different organisations and denominations to talk about the challenges that we face in affecting change through our various roles.
One of the most consistent questions that was raised, centred around the challenge of affecting change where resistance, opposition or even simply apathy existed in the leadership and management above or inherently within the organisation.
As we discussed these difficulties and the various endeavours that had been undertaken to overcome them, three things became clear to me:
1. The biggest contribution that we can make is to consistently work to affect the greatest influence that we can on the people around us
2. God’s Spirit is ultimately the one at work in all things to breathe existence into dust and life into dry bones
3. We need to be prepared to play a long game and work out how our egos will cope if and when our ideas are implemented by those above and around us without receiving any of the credit