US News and World Report (via MSN) published a great article on what The Boss can teach CEO’s. I think it is a must-read for church leaders.
I admit that I am a recent convert to Springsteen. A friend of mine is a HUGE fan and drug me to my first concert with the Boss a few years ago. I was hooked. Talk about a guy full of passion.
The article breaks down 4 lessons we can learn from The Boss. I’ll expound on each of them, and how they relate to the church in separate posts. So, drum-roll please (or as Bruce would say: “1-2-3-4”).
- Never let your customers rest.
If you have ever been to a Springsteen show, you know that the man is a powerhouse of energy and might as well be running a marathon. US News and World Report says:
When Springsteen performs, most of his songs end like this: “1-2-3-4!” That’s because he’s starting the next song before the current one has even ended. The Boss continually races to the back of the stage to change guitars, so there’s no lull in the cadence of the show. In the audience, nobody sits down or gets a breather until the man on stage decides it’s time. By keeping the crowd on its toes, the band keeps demand at a fever pitch . . .
The church has done a pretty sad job at never letting people rest. Somewhere in history, we got lazy. We decided the church had been innovative enough. We sat down and said “it has been hard work getting here.” In the meantime, culture changed and we wondered why customers lost interest. They lost interest because there were not challenged. People want to be challenged. We don’t want to rest. We want a cause. We want to be engaged, to do something. We say of exchange that we are a community of people who follow Christ and serve in his cause. We never want to rest. His cause is too great and there is too much to be done.
Good leaders see further and clearer than others. Be thinking of the next song before you end the current one. Continually put vision in front of people. Continue to talk about strategies. Continue to look over the horizon.
What song are you in and what song is coming next? As a leader you should be able to answer that with clarity. Hmm. I think I have some work to do.
Check in next time and we will explore what a Sr. Rocker can teach us about innovation.