Trusting My team
Nothing can be harder at times then letting go and trusting your team. As a CEO I find myself wondering why I include my team in decision making, knowing full well that I already made the decision before I asked them. Or why do I ask them their thoughts about something and when they disagree with me wonder why I asked them in the first place. This has been a tough lesson to learn, sometimes wondering why I did not just find people who simply did not care about the ministry and would just say "yes" to any decision I want to make.
I found myself surrounding myself with people I trust (trust in their respective roles, handling finances, helping put together social media posts etc etc...) but finding out I only trust them to a point, or get frustrated if they disagreed. I truly would not be in the place I am now without my team. In the last three years we have seen our monthly donations increase by 500%, our care team increase by 125% and our staff by 400%. My team made the decision to install a fence (see January 2021 for full story) that helped us have the favor of the local government to feed over 600 villagers. My team helps me stay focus. As a CEO sometimes you feel pulled in a lot of different ways, different visions, and thoughts of can we do more? That is where your team can help! Your team is broken down into the parts to help you focus. As I have visions of what we could do next, members of my team remind me that if we do that idea then we cannot move forward with this plan, or that idea is great but takes away from our overall mission of the ministry. Jesus was right when he said "bear one another burdens (Galations 6:2)" whether you believe in the gospel or not, that is true advice. My team cares a lot about the work we do. I have found that if they disagree with me, it is because they care about our ministry and the work we do. Maybe you are starting a nonprofit or even a business and looking for people to come alongside you, do not just find people to say "yes", but rather care about what you do. People that will say no to you. My team is my rock. I lean on them a lot. I would love to hear your questions/comments.
Ben is the founder of Mugabi Ministries-Stateside.