If you said “yes,” you’ve just had the realization General Electric CEO Jack Welch had in 1999.
Sound cheesy? Check out this 55-second clip to listen to Welch explain how a chance meeting rapidly innovated his organization and turned it upside-down.
1. Become a Reverse-Mentee
Whatever you’re leading in your church, find 1-2 people younger than you who are involved in that same thing. Respectful but bright and honest individuals who can see what you’re not seeing, describe what’s happening in their world, and encourage you with what’s working. Ask them to reverse-mentor you in your area of focus in the church.
“Younger” is relative to you, but the older you are, the more you might want to expand your mentorship circle to 2-3 generations.
2. Schedule Consistent Mentorship Sessions
Whether it’s weekly, biweekly, monthly, put a coffee or lunch on the calendar to get with these 1-2 people to be mentored on how your area of focus in the church is going. What are you missing, what are they seeing in their generation, how do you stay ahead of the curve? What is working and what are they excited about?
3. Downstream Reverse-Mentorship
Be intentional about encouraging, maybe even creating a culture of, reverse-mentorship. Push those you’re leading to do the same in their area. If you’re a church pastor or leader, encourage your team and volunteer leaders to do this. If you’re heading up a part of a church ministry, encourage your team to get involved in reverse-mentorship.
If one of the largest organizations in the world can start doing this in 48 hours, there aren’t too many excuses left for not giving it a shot!
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