of the "AND"
Instead of being oppressed by the "Tyranny of the OR," highly visionary leaders - and the organizations they lead - liberate themselves with the "Genius of the AND" - the ability to embrace both extremes or dimensions at the same time.
Instead of choosing between A OR B, they figure out a way to have both A AND B.
Jim Collins first introduced this line of thinking in "Built to Last" in 1994. Intended primarily for the business audience, it wasn't long till perceptive church leaders picked up the idea and ran with it.
For example, here are a few ways it might play out in ChurchWorld:
On the one hand Yet on the other hand
a fixed core ideology AND vigorous change
conserve the core AND bold, risky moves
clear vision and direction AND experimentation
leaders steeped in the core AND leaders who induce change
ideological control AND operational autonomy
close-knit culture AND ability to change and adapt
long-term goals AND short-term performance
This is not just a balancing act. "Balance" implies going to the midpoint, fifty-fifty, half and half. Visionary leaders lead organizations that seek to have a fixed core ideology and take vigorous change to the extreme.
There's no gray, cloudy, shapeless mass in these organizations. It's a bold attempt to be both "this" AND "that" - at the same time, all the time.
Need a real-life example in ChurchWorld? Come back tomorrow and see how some of the early pioneers in today's multi-site movement used the genius of the "AND" to launch a movement.