The provocation

I’ve been posting a few articles around whether we make “both/and” or “either/or” decisions. Part of my reason for this is to help us think about how we make decisions which consider all possibilities.  This is an example of using a provocation to challenge assumptions. Continue reading


Both/And: Types of Worker

Jim Collins famously states in Good to Great that leaders should prioritise getting the people they want in their team on the bus first and then work out which seats they should sit in. In other words, look at character, competence and chemistry, build a team with the right people and then assign detailed roles. Continue reading

Do I have to choose? Both/and v either/or (part 5)

One of the reasons why we find ourselves making unnecessary choices is that we make them at the wrong level.

Let me give you an example. You have a building that holds 80 people and it is getting full. You are stretched as a pastor and you talk to the leaders about this. They say “We have to choose between adding another worker to the team or a building extension.” Continue reading

Do I have to choose? Both/and V either/or (part 3)

“It’s all well and good saying that you need to do ‘both and’” you say. But what about when we can’t afford to do both and. It will cost more money than we have, it will take more time than we have.  That of course is where you plan and prioritise. But you are not prioritising one thing over another in terms of necessity, you are looking at the order in which you are going to get things done.  Here are some thoughts to help. Continue reading

Do I have to choose – either/or v both/and (part 2)

The other day, I wrote about whether or not we have to choose between doing two different things.  My answer was that quite often we can do “both/and” rather than “either/or.” Why did I say this? Well, the answer is that often in life we create false dichotomies. By “We” I mean specifically evangelical churches. Continue reading

I believe in plural leadership

I was asked today to explain a bit more about our approach to “collective” or plural leadership. Here are five things I highlighted about why plural leadership is good  when it works well (Disclaimer: we don’t always get it right and so it does not always work well!) Continue reading