by Will Rogers
I’m not sure if you’re a church-goer or not, but that doesn’t matter. I think all of us can picture a church with a choir singing and those people in the choir wearing choir robes. And I think most of us think “wow, choir robes are so outdated”. But here’s the point… at some point choir robes were a great idea, new, innovative, and people got excited about them. I think if we unpack that story more we would go back in time to find there was some good reason for churches introducing choir robes and whatever that reason might have been… I’d put good money we probably still agree with the heart behind it… just not how it’s currently expressed.
That’s the difference between the Principle - Method concept and the desperate need for leaders to help guide us to the principle over the method. Let me try and better define this.
Principle - the reason, purpose, and vision for what could be.
Method - the tangible, strategy, and an executable way to bring a principle to life.
And here’s the key thing to know about the Principle - Method concept… principles never change while methods constantly change. My challenge to you is to fall in love with the principles of what you more than your methods. You will become a dinosaur if you fall in love with your methods. They grow old and extinct.
Think about the principle of needing to move/travel and all the methods - horse and buggy, train, car, plane, etc.
Think about the history of war - bow and arrow, gun, planes, drones, etc.
Think about communicating with each other - the pony express, telegrams, rotary dial phones, smartphones, etc.
Alright, why am I spending so much time making this point? Methods are like gravity… they have this vortex-like a black hole. Once methods are launched, we want to fight to keep them alive. There’s often identity found in a method. Creating new methods is difficult. I’ll say it like this… methods are simpler while leading to principle takes a lot of work. That’s why I challenge leaders to drive back to the principles that drive their methods. Constantly evaluate if your methods are the best methods to activate your principles.
Great leaders help guide their teams to re-invent and fall in love with the principles that drive things. May I encourage you to do the same!
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