Sunday, May 3, 2009

Great Managers

Do you have a sports broadcaster you really love listening to? My favorite baseball broadcasters are Ken the Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone. These guys are entertaining and very knowledgeble about the game.

The other day they were talking about what makes a great manager. Here are some of the things I learned.

  • Good managers find what each players strengths are. Not just the good players but all the players.

  • Good mangers not only know what each players strengths are, they also know each players weaknesses.

  • Good managers won't ask a player to do something that is not in his wheelhouse.

  • Good managers think it is more important to know what their team is not good at.

  • Good managers don't want to micromanage. Good ones want to get out of the way and let the players play.

So I began to think about how that applies to ministry, and leading those who are on my team. Here are some questions that are on my mind.

  1. Do I know the strengths of the volunteers/employees I work with?
  2. Do I understand what there weaknesses are?
  3. Am I asking people on my team to perform tasks that is not in there wheelhouse?
  4. Am I placing volunteers where they are most passionate?
  5. Am I getting out of the way and letting my players play or do I tend to micromanage?


  1. #1 What is a wheelhouse?
    #2 I think CCC might need to borrow this for an upcoming series!
    #3 You can be my manager... and I won't even make you guess... I'll send you a list of my weaknesses :)

  2. Great applications Josh!!! And I can put your mind at ease, you certainly don't micromanage!!!

  3. Great analysis...understanding how to manage people's skills is one of the first lessons in people management. Life impacts people and people impact others because of life. That variable will make you stronger if you undestand and react appropriatly.