Podcast Episode 1: “I Hate This”

In our first episode, Rick Veenstra, former Regional Executive and Leadership Development Catalyst for the Great Lakes Region of the RCA, talks about a difficult yet important leadership responsibility: releasing a staff member from an organization.

When Rick was a kid, his mother would say that he shouldn’t use the word “hate,” so he hesitated using the phrase, “I hate this.” However, the prospect of releasing a staff member from a team or a work environment is so distasteful to him, that all he could think to say was, “I hate this.” As a Christian leader, Rick doesn’t want to hurt anyone, and in this podcast he talks about the different ways in which this is difficult.

Rick is committed to the concept of a team – a team environment and team leadership- and believes that the primary responsibility of a senior leader is to develop a “cohesive leadership team.” Rick has accomplished this with assistance from instructive writings taken from Patrick Lencioni, Paul Brand, and Jim Collins.

Tune in to hear how to develop a highly cohesive leadership team, which leads to better health and fruitfulness for an organization.

Continue seeking inspiration:

The Five Dysfunctions of Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick Lencioni
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, by Patrick Lencioni
Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants, by Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t, by Jim Collins

(“I Hate This”- Whiteboard Wednesday video below)


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