EP. 05: THE “W” IN TEAMWORK IS FOR WEEKLY STAFF MEETINGS

For years, I asked my team to bring me a brief weekly report on a small 3-by-5 card. This kept the reports short and to the point. Then those cards became our weekly meeting agenda. Today we use email. Here are the four things you want to know as a leader:

  1. “I’ve made progress in ______________________________________”
  2. “I’m having difficulty with ___________________________________”
  3. “I need a decision from you on ________________________________”
  4. “I’m thankful for ___________________________________________”

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Mingo Palacios:

So what’s next on the acronym?

Tyler Hofer:

All right, we are on the “W” value. We are halfway through.

Mingo Palacios:

Hey.

Tyler Hofer:

Rounding second heading towards home. The “W” stands for weekly team meetings. And so we want to be consistent in meeting with our teams. A scripture passage that we’re referencing for this value comes out of Hebrews 10, which actually is referencing the church as a whole. It says, “Let’s not give up the habit of meeting together, but let us encourage one another.” And so whoever the author of Hebrews is is writing to the church and saying, don’t neglect meeting together. Don’t neglect these consistent meetings, whether that’s weekly or I don’t know, however, however often they met back then. But weekly team meetings, gathering together for encouragement, for discipleship, for really learning what it is to be a team. Because if you’re a team, you need to be meeting together consistently and building that teamwork, that team mentality together. So, what do you think, Mingo, about this?

Mingo Palacios:

Well, I think the Hebrew actually in Hebrews refers to don’t just keep your team meetings across texts. I think that’s what the author was originally alluding to is don’t just rely on text messages. If I remember correct from my Greek and Hebrew classes. But in all, in all seriousness, I do think that it’s very convenient for us to reduce the time together just to reporting. In communication there’s like this whole theory on like the value between reporting and rapport, rapport being the relational end of our time together with those who are connected with and then reporting being like, what are the facts I need to know? And sometimes we have tools that can just prop up, like the reporting, like, “Hey, who’s covering what shift? What time are you going to get there? Who needs to be responsible for what?” And you actually lose the relational equity that comes when we come together. Right? Every time we get together, there’s an opportunity to go deeper in our relationships. And we know that the cost of that is time, but the value is that you feel more connected in every effort that you get together on. So that’s what I think.

Tyler Hofer:

Yeah. And we try to do that weekly in our pre service get togethers, whatever you want to call it, where we gather together as teams and we go over the assignments, we pray together. And so we’re trying to do that on a weekly basis.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah.

Tyler Hofer:

And we’re getting better at doing that on a larger level with what just happened on Wednesday night-

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah. Team nights.

Tyler Hofer:

Where it’s like all teams getting together and celebrating the teams inside the larger team. And so-

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah, there’s momentum. You feel momentum, you feel a sense of growth when a team is actually numerically growing and you’re adding people to the circle.

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah, definitely.

Mingo Palacios:

There is all of that happens in person, right? You don’t get that sense of sweeping buy in and excitement across a text stream.

Carolina Corrales:

And I think a lot of it too, there’s communication so everybody knows what’s going on. Like, nobody feels like they’re in the dark. They don’t know what’s going on a Sunday. People are in the know and people want to be in the know.

Tyler Hofer:

Yeah. So just to summarize, weekly team meetings are so important to the health of these leadership teams, so yeah. All right. What are we going to talk about next?

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