The Best Laid Plans…Getting to Root Causes

Have you ever planned a meeting complete with a well thought-out, organized agenda, only to toss it because your group had more important needs? That was exactly what I experienced last week. In a call I was leading this past Friday, one of the participants, a community collaborative leader, went right to what is on a lot of minds these days, especially community collaborative and coalition leaders. He asked, how he as a community collaborative leader could respond to his community’s need to talk about the racial tension in his community? We had a really great conversation. One of the leaders on the call shared his pastor’s challenge to his congregation to understand the difference between remedies and solutions. Remedies are short term fixes. For example, a backpack program that … [Read more...]