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.
- The solutions the non-profits are trying to provide aren’t keeping pace with the problems they’re trying to survive.
- Non-profit organizations think like non-profit organizations. That’s the problem.
- 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.
- Non-profits find the very best Who and put them on their Boards because they don’t want to pay them.
- 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.
- Charitable giving in the United States has remained at 2% of GDP since 1970.
- We’ve got to build scale. We’re going to hire the best people, build the best systems, and find solutions.
- Excellence Matters. Excellent people. Excellent vision. Excellent marketing. Excellent strategies.
- When did we get to the point that we think excellence is offensive to God.
- 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.
- If we’re not careful we spiritualize laziness.
- Excellence requires us to prepare in advance.
- Attempt something so great for God that it is doomed to fail unless God is in it, and you’re in it as well.
- I hire talented, creative, passionate learners who have a history of turning intention into reality.
- I love everybody but I don’t have to hire everybody.
- I have to look at our staff and ask the hard question – Would I hire them again?
- The church should train the Ritz Carlton on how to serve people.
- Keep your character several steps ahead of your talent.
- Who is in your life asking you the tough questions?
- Walk humbly but walk confidently. People want to follow confident, humble leaders.
- We need ask more questions.
- What’s it like to be on the other side of me?
- If you don’t have an emotionally healthy staff you won’t move forward as an organization.
- I want you to be a connoisseur of great questions? Here’s one – what would we do if we had no money?
- Asking for money is better over coffee than over a computer.
- Fundraising requires looking someone eye-to-eye and say, “Will you help me” and don’t say another thing. Just listen to them.
- I eat “NOs” for breakfast.
- Listen more than you talk.
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