Here is a good book, MISSION DRIFT, for the new year, reminding us how easy it is to lose focus. How easy to start on new projects, get busy but not realize you are spending energy not the best things (“The god is the enemy of the best”), but the next things, even important things. So, how do you discipline yourself to stay focused on the right things? The things God wants you doing? One is by reading “What’s Best Next” by Matt Perman.
By Peter Greer and Chris Horst, who know of which they speak being directors of HOPE International.
HOPE International is committed to Christ-centered micro-enterprise to help people out of poverty. Addressing one of the greatest world needs – Unemployment and under-employment, HOPE International hopes to simultaneously address many other needs that spring from poverty, and do so in 17 countries.
The book also addresses ways to inoculate yourself against drift – What you can do to prevent drift, and how to get back on track, and/or protect that which matters most.
Yes, there are other books already in the marketplace addressing this issue from a business/secular perspective, many quite good. This book is addressed specifically to the mission organization, the non-profit, the charitable world.
As an organization, we recently finished “The Advantage” by Lencioni (which we highly recommend!) which also addresses many of these same issues. As you grow older, one thing you begin to get (as an individual or an organization) is perspective. What you do well, how your work is having an impact, and hopefully, a sharpening of your focus and ability to see what specific role you play best versus becoming more and more of a generalist. These organizations that can narrowly define their role in the world and focus on it have the best chance of succeeding, of retaining donors, and seeing a long-term impact. Of course, after a number of years, you may realize that your organization or non-profit wasn’t focused where it should be – And you may need to redefine the original mission of the organization or work based on your values, experience, staff, success, or what-have-you. Note that success itself can “doom” some organizations, that then seek new challenges to conquer and new areas to contribute to, due to boredom or fulfillment of the original charter/mission statement.
This is a good book for managers, for board members, for executive teams, and for each person that has say or influence within an organization, movement or group.
At 224 pages it is not too big to get through, and your organization or group will be much the stronger for it. The book also has many helps, tools, action steps to help you define and focus on your mission and purpose in the world/your community.
Mission Drift, by Peter Greer, Chris Horst, Anna Haggard
- Hardback: $15.92 at Amazon, Kindle: $9.99
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 18, 2014), a Division of Baker Books
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764211013
- ISBN-13: 978-0764211010