It’s going on twenty months now that we have been leading in a destabilized culture, and therefore leading our churches as they experience and absorb the destabilizing impacts.
Business too, and life in general, though better now, is still an unstable ride.
Any time life and leadership feel destabilized, our instinct is to regain stability as quickly as possible and normalize it.
Growing up in Southern California, I finally decided to learn to surf and spent every extra minute at the beach when I was 16 years old.
Surfing was short-lived for me, lasting only a little over one summer because it was clear to see I was never going to be very good at it. In the end, after one pretty good ride, I face-planted at high speed in a giant kelp bed, and that was pretty much the end of it.
One thing I learned while surfing is that you cannot control the waves; you can only learn to ride them or fall.
The waves are unpredictable and require a sense of balance and intuition; if you fight them, you’ll either never catch one, or you will fall as soon as you do.
Leadership has felt that way, now more than ever.