— by Brett Hagler
Final yr, we welcomed probably the most unprecedented, probably the most unsure, and arguably, probably the most historic yr of our careers: 2020.
Years from now, we’ll all inform tales to our grandchildren about COVID-19 and the way it modified —fairly actually—every thing. On the onset of this new world, what turned most essential to me and my crew was that we might inform tales we had been proud to have lived—sure, even amidst a world pandemic.
Whereas the nation was getting ready for one of many worst recessions because the nice despair, I held on to religion that New Story wouldn’t see any form of decline.
However blessed is the one who trusts within the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They are going to be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It doesn’t concern when warmth comes; its leaves are all the time inexperienced. It has no worries in a yr of drought and by no means fails to bear fruit. –Jeremiah 17:7-8
Regardless of an enormous surge in unemployment, overdue lease funds, and bankruptcies, my crew realized one extremely essential lesson: There’s just one factor we will management… Our character. Now we have to belief God for the remaining.
And let me let you know, that’s onerous to do. Because the CEO of a nonprofit group, the thought of an unsure economic system, journey restrictions, and worldwide initiatives forcibly placed on maintain was terrifying for our future. Our group’s mission is to pioneer revolutionary options to finish world homelessness… That’s significantly onerous to do when journey is totally restricted, we will’t bodily collect to work on options, and an unsure economic system makes it harder for everybody to provide in direction of charitable causes they imagine in.
It could have been straightforward to panic and begin getting ready for the worst. However as a substitute, we, as a crew, determined to come back to grips with the truth that we will’t management this pandemic; thus, we will’t management the way it impacts the way forward for our group. Solely God can try this.
So, we went to work on the controllable as a substitute. And it was probably the most invaluable factor we did all yr.
I began by sending my crew a letter. Right here’s an excerpt:
Some groups will fall aside from uncontrollable circumstances, however many extra will collapse attributable to people solely pondering of themselves, permitting concern to overhaul their character and their values. We’ll inform a unique story. We is not going to fall for causes in our management. In the case of our effort and our angle, we is not going to decline, we are going to strengthen, and we are going to rise…
Our alternative to get stronger comes with a major problem. You may be mentally pushed, and we are going to ask you to work as onerous, if not tougher, than you have got ever labored over the following ninety days.
The first goal throughout Q2 is to strengthen our character. After we look again ten years from now at COVID-19, it would matter much less if we fall in need of an OKR than if we fall quick in changing into higher crew members, higher individuals. By the tip of this, it would matter far more about who we’ve turn out to be than what we’ve achieved…
This quarter is the season that may set up leaders for the following decade. It is a season the place our reputations, for higher or for worse, can be imprinted… Our character, extra so than our OKRs, will win others and make us higher as a crew for the lengthy haul…
As soon as the letter was drafted and despatched, we additionally reduce 30% of our month-to-month operational bills —one thing else we may management. As well as, we eradicated nonessential line gadgets. We prioritized our crew and our tradition as a result of we had religion that this season would make us extra inventive, resourceful, entrepreneurial, tenacious, and grittier for the long run. It was the one manner we might be capable of advance our mission and affect extra households around the globe long run.
And it labored.
Inside weeks of what felt like a worldwide shutdown, our crew got here collectively to start a inventive concept to assist extra individuals within the U.S. keep away from eviction. We usually solely work in Latin America, however with our worldwide work paused, our crew went to work creating options to assist households keep away from falling right into a cycle of homelessness proper right here within the U.S.
We referred to as it The Neighborhood.
The Neighborhood was a easy however transformational concept: Create a month-to-month giving program that will permit People to assist pay the lease of different People who had been beforehand employed however abruptly jobless because of the pandemic.
Individuals from across the nation got here collectively and helped 361 households keep of their houses. We’ve all the time dreamed about working within the U.S. So, when the chance introduced itself, we had been prepared as a result of we had been dedicated to specializing in areas inside our management.
By the grace of God, we had been capable of resume our work in Latin America. However that didn’t imply the tip of The Neighborhood. Immediately, The Neighborhood has grown right into a beneficiant
group of donors who’re dedicated to ending homelessness with month-to-month donations. Due to their month-to-month items, we will serve many extra communities in want around the globe.
Past new initiatives, there have been just a few different areas our crew determined to work on throughout this unsure season… Different areas we may management:
Integrity: We’ll do the suitable factor even when it’s the onerous factor.
Generosity: We’ll function out of an considerable framework quite than a scarce one.
Perspective: We’ll reply with a progress mindset, and we are going to all the time persevere.
Love: We’ll actively verify in on others, pray for others, and look after some the way in which we want we may look after all.
Requirements: We’ll proceed being a crew of founders expressing gratitude and empathy and pursuing excellence with humility.
Humility: We’ll worth others above ourselves, not seeking to our personal pursuits however every of us seeking to the pursuits of others.
These six traits are issues we will all management. As leaders, as founders, as crew members, all of us have the chance to mannequin the affect a character-driven crew can have once they resolve to manage who they turn out to be by a disaster… and go away the remaining to God.
I imagine all of us have this in us. It’s onerous work to relinquish management, but it surely’s the sort of
give up that God makes use of to create stunning issues out of mud.
“The Chinese language use two brush strokes to put in writing the phrase ‘disaster.’ One brush stroke stands for hazard; the opposite for alternative. In a disaster, concentrate on the hazard, however acknowledge the chance.” –John F. Kennedy
2020 was a tough yr for everyone. However it was additionally a season stuffed with alternative. And since we selected to see the disaster by that perspective, we continued to bear fruit within the drought. It was a lesson properly price studying.
I hope you’ll take this lesson and apply to your individual enterprise or group. Collectively, let’s stay out tales we’ll be proud to share. And the easiest way to try this is to observe—particularly in a disaster—controlling what you’ll be able to management and trusting God for the remaining.
Article initially hosted and shared with permission by The Christian Financial Discussion board, a world community of leaders who be a part of collectively to collaborate and introduce strategic concepts for the unfold of God’s financial ideas and the goodness of Jesus Christ. This text was from a group of White Papers compiled for attendees of the CEF’s International Occasion.