“Take 1” – Dealing with Poor Performance

I really hate confrontation. In fact, I don’t even like tension in a conversation. But sometimes in leadership we need to have some hard conversations with our people about their performance. These are not fun. In fact… If these conversations are fun, you should probably not be a leader. So how do you encourage a poor performer? How do you graciously let someone go? Let’s put one minute on the clock and start the (difficult) conversation. Apart from prayer, before…

“Take 1” – Growing the team

Putting together a team of great volunteer tech people can be tough. But let me challenge your thinking on this topic with this statement: we, in church tech, tend to make it tougher on ourselves. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s put 60 seconds on the clock and take a look at the topic of… Bringing in (intimidated) volunteers If you are doing tech well – you will likely have people in the room thinking “wow, this is really cool. They…

“Take 1” – What is our style?

“Take 1” … minute to improve your team One of the challenges in volunteer-driven church tech is keeping people on the same page. In many cases we find totally different teams serving from week-to-week. If unmanaged, these teams can drift apart in terms of their styles. As I visit churches, I hear things like “I didn’t even have to look in the booth to know who was running sound/video/lights/etc. today”. So, let’s take on the topic of establishing your “style”…

“Take 1” – What are we about?

“Take 1” … minute to improve your team I’m so excited to be kicking off a new series of Controlbooth.tv mini-blogs related to improving your volunteer team and culture! At my church, The Ridge located in Columbus IN I am honored to lead a video tech team of about 30 people (in a church of 1,400). Our hope is to not only inform what has worked for us, but also to start some conversations. More importantly, our hope is for…

“Take 1” – What are you communicating

Can you imagine having to listen to the same person for 5 hours? Even if it was a great speaker – that’s a long time. Now let’s make things worse by starting that listening session early on a Sunday morning. Ugh! But, that’s exactly what some of our tech people (for example, camera operators) go through each week. They sit quietly in the isolated world of their dual-muff headsets and listen…and listen… and listen. With rehearsals and pre-service work, this…