org charts

2 Reasons to Stop Building Your Volunteer Org Chart, Plus 1 Alternative

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I made a mistake when I first started out in ministry. I decided that I need to build an org chart. It was awesome. It had every possible roll I could think of and it was a masterpiece of an org chart. Everyone had a span of care, everyone had a role. It was a beautiful thing, but it was a huge waste of time for 2 reasons. 

1. It was completely focused on process and not outcomes. 

In fact one could argue it was solving a problem that wasn’t a problem yet. Organizing the teams wasn’t as important as focusing on the outcome. Focusing on what you want to accomplish is your most important step. Then solve the problem of how the team needs to work together to deliver that outcome. 

2. It makes people into pawns and not team members. 

When you start with an organizational chart, it isn’t long before you look at people like pawns. Your “in head narrator” begins to address people as chess pieces that will help you fill spots in your org chart. Yup, that’s just cold…and who really wants to sign up for that! 

So, what do you do instead? 

Start with the problem you’re trying to solve. That problem, and the desired outcome are the focus. When you start asking people to help, you’re asking them to be a part of the solution…not a part of the game. 

Give that problem a time line, "I’d like to solve this problem in the next 4 months. Can you help?” 

Now, that’s a much more efficient use of your time!