In our effort to help churches succeed, The Rocket Company will be live

blogging from this week’s Catalyst Conference.  As you know, the Catalyst team puts

on a series of labs on Wednesday prior to the main sessions beginning on Thursday.  The

following are 28 leadership quotes and lessons from Jeff Henderson’s session entitled

“What Non-Profits Could Learn From For-Profits.”  Incredible lessons here.

  1. The solutions the non-profits are trying to provide aren’t keeping pace with the problems they’re trying to survive.
  2. Non-profit organizations think like non-profit organizations.  That’s the problem.
  3. For profits think, “We’ve got to find that finest talent available, pay them what they’re worth, and put them into their daily solutions. “  Apply the Who to the What.
  4. Non-profits find the very best Who and put them on their Boards because they don’t want to pay them.
  5. Talent matters.  Systems matter.  Strategies matter.  We can’t just bring nice people together and think we’re going to solve the world’s problems.
  6. Charitable giving in the United States has remained at 2% of GDP since 1970.
  7. We’ve got to build scale.  We’re going to hire the best people, build the best systems, and find solutions.
  8. Excellence Matters.  Excellent people.  Excellent vision.  Excellent marketing.  Excellent strategies.
  9. When did we get to the point that we think excellence is offensive to God.
  10. Excellence is a signal to God that we are going to dig our ditches but if You don’t make it rain, all of this is a waste of time.
  11. If we’re not careful we spiritualize laziness.
  12. Excellence requires us to prepare in advance.
  13. Attempt something so great for God that it is doomed to fail unless God is in it, and you’re in it as well.
  14. I hire talented, creative, passionate learners who have a history of turning intention into reality.
  15. I love everybody but I don’t have to hire everybody.
  16. I have to look at our staff and ask the hard question – Would I hire them again?
  17. The church should train the Ritz Carlton on how to serve people.
  18. Keep your character several steps ahead of your talent.
  19. Who is in your life asking you the tough questions?
  20. Walk humbly but walk confidently.  People want to follow confident, humble leaders.
  21. We need ask more questions.
  22. What’s it like to be on the other side of me?
  23. If you don’t have an emotionally healthy staff you won’t move forward as an organization.
  24. I want you to be a connoisseur of great questions?  Here’s one – what would we do if we had no money?
  25. Asking for money is better over coffee than over a computer.
  26. Fundraising requires looking someone eye-to-eye and say, “Will you help me” and don’t say another thing.  Just listen to them.
  27. I eat “NOs” for breakfast.
  28. Listen more than you talk.

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