Over the past 50 years, I have been involved in, or on the periphery of,
improving the management of various organisations. As well as my own
management career in public companies, I have subsequently practised as
an independent Management Consultant, and been a visiting lecturer at
MBS and run courses for the CIMA,
However during all this time, I have been concerned at weaknesses in
Church Management where, often, those leading the denominations are
often (mostly?) given leadership positions on the basis of their
theology and preaching abilities, rather than their management
One of my favourite Biblical illustrations of management advice is by a
non-Jew (Jethro) to Moses in Ex 13:18-26; advice that could be usefully
followed by many Church leaders today!
However, yesterday, my attention was directed to a video of a course
given for Catholic priests and their parish helpers. (Link below)
(It reflects stuff I did at MBA level, but is so well put here.)
The basis is to ask everyone on a 'team' whether they are more:
A. 'Task orientated' or 'People Orientated'
B. 'Askers' or 'Tellers'
Once people have decided which way they are 'biassed' on each range, it
puts them in to one of 4 categories:
! ! !
! Analytical ! Driver !
ASKER !_________________!_____________________! TELLER
! ! !
! Amiable ! Expressive !
I'm sure we've all come across these personality types before, but I
(and the attendees) found this very helpful - because one really does
need all these 'types' in a balanced team. I'm task orientated, and a
bit more of an asker than teller. which makes me a better consultant
than a line manager.
Needless to say the Pastor/priests at the session all self-identified as
being 'tellers' & mostly 'task orientated'
But the real message is that a balanced team needs all of these, and
people can then recognise where each of them sit.
Without such analysis everyone may be heading in the wrong direction;
without the driver there is no direction; without the amiable situations
can get very tense, and without the expressive the 'picture & purpose'
may get lost.
If you'd like to see the short video it's at:
“Building Trust: Personal Histories”