While we are at Catalyst this past year Dave Ramsey gave a talk about the 5 enemies of unity. I have been meaning to share this with my readers. I think anyone working in a church or business should take a gander at these things. So, enjoy and feel free to post your thoughts.
The Five Enemies of Unity
By Dave Ramsey
1. Poor Communication
a. Poor communication can take many forms, but when the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, strife sets in.
a. Gossip is degrading and will destroy a church or organization
b. By definition gossip is when a negative is discussed with anyone who can’t help solve the problem.
3. Unresolved Disagreements
a. Unresolved disagreements happen when leaders don’t know they exist or when leaders avoid confrontation.
b. A little confrontation cleanses the wound and allows the parties to go forward in a spirit of unity.
c. When you are aware of hurt feelings and/or disagreements, act quickly and decisively.
4. Lack of Shared Purpose
a. Without a shared purpose leaders pull against one another rather than pull with one another.
5. Sanctioned Incompetence
a. It has been said that sanctioned incompetence demoralizes.
b. Team members will eventually become de-motivated when someone else on the team can’t or won’t do their job and a leader will not take action.
For the sake of unity in the entire group, leaders must go to battle early and often with any of these enemies of unity.
When unity is valued in the culture, the team will also act to keep these enemies from the gate.