The Heartbeat

Organizational Ruts

Updated: Nov 7

At some point, most organizations, and yes, people, start talking about themselves like they’re old.


“We can’t stretch in that direction,” or “Not bad for a 60 year old!” or “I’m just not going to be able to learn this new technology.” Even countries make decisions like this, often by default. Governments decide it’s just too late to change.


The incredible truth is this: it never happens at the same time for everyone. It’s not biologically ordained. It’s a choice. It’s possible to win the home run derby at 40, run a marathon at 60 and have your 80 year old non-profit change its business model. It’s not as easy as it used to be, but that’s why it’s worth doing.


How does this apply to Yoder’s? Are we to unwilling to change because that is not who we think we are or our structure does not allow us to. Chris Yoder made a statement the other day that certainly rang true to me and that is “Our strength is not our structure, it is our culture! As I thought about that statement, I was like that is so true and it speaks so much of our people.


Things to think about:

  • Every successful case is a successful case

It’s easy to dismiss strategies or plans or people who succeed by pointing out how they have something special, something irreproducible, some sort of advantage that makes their success special.


This is silly, as all success is special. That’s what makes it success.

  • Paying attention to the attention

Attention is a bit like real estate, in that they’re not making any more of it. Unlike real estate, though, it keeps going up in value.

  • If you can’t put your name on it- don’t ship it!

  • Pay attention to your fear–just don’t obey it!

Higher learning:

Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God.


When we procrastinate what God has clearly has called us to do, we assassinate the amazing plans that He has for us.


We’ve GOT to understand that delayed obedience is immediate disobedience!

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