With today’s world more complex and divided than ever, church leaders face a difficult task of helping their congregations move forward to achieve positive results.
For many religious leaders, the answer lies in using the Kaizen approach to business success. Creative Safety Supply says “Kaizen refers to the practice of looking for ways to improve work processes on a regular basis. The practice involves small, incremental changes rather than large changes. All people within the organization look for possible improvement opportunities, not just managers or executives.” Founded on the idea of continuous improvement by using small steps to achieve a larger result, it has helped many churches move forward in many areas. Here’s how easy it can be to never stop improving.
Open Lines of Communication
To maintain trust as a leader, have open lines of communication. Whether in a business setting, church setting, or in one’s personal life, communicating ideas and feelings, along with listening to the concerns of others, always leads to positive results. A key component of the Kaizen approach, open communication leads not only to an exchange of ideas but to increased morale and performance within a group. Since many issues come up within a church, such as building improvements, new programs, and staff hiring, church leaders who become active listeners will always have a congregation who is willing and able to move forward.
With Kaizen being a Japanese word meaning “change for the better,” one of the most important aspects of the philosophy is to involve everyone in the process of change. Based on the idea that everyone is an expert in some area, the Kaizen philosophy, therefore, uses this as the basis to help a group come together to identify areas where improvement is needed. Once this is done, church leaders and their congregation can work together to solve problems, using the various skills of group members.
Efficient Problem Solving
Along with involving everyone in the change process, Kaizen also emphasizes efficiency when it comes to problem-solving. In many organizations, policies and procedures are simply written out by managers and others without input from anyone. As a result, leaders have no idea how well the policies will work, or the impact they will have on the individuals and the group as a whole. By using the Kaizen approach, everyone can have input into these decisions, leading to greater satisfaction and a better quality of work within a church.
Since the most successful churches realize they must be run efficiently as a business as well as a place of worship, using the Kaizen approach will help maintain trust as a leader, while also establishing a long-lasting foundation for success.
By the way, we also use the Google Sprint process as we move project form start to launch. Why? Well … because it works. There’s more than one way to do project management, and now you have more tools in your tool-belt.