By Rick James
It is a privilege and responsibility to intervene in an organisation – whether as leader, as Organisational Development consultant or as a funder. When we step in we are treading on people’s lives – their identity, their sense of self. What we do and say can have a profound and personal impact on them. It can influence their relationships with those around them and even their relationship with God. We have the potential to do good, but we also have the potential to do harm. To intervene in any organisation involves a sacred trust.
Every now and then I wonder, do I really have any inkling of the responsibility I carry? If so, would I not do my work with more effort, more diligence, perhaps even with ‘fear and trembling’? It makes me ask myself lots of questions:
Do I really try to bring the very best of myself to my work each day ?
Do I ensure I am mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepared when I intervene in an organisation’s life?
Am I being a steward of grace in my relationship with this organisation?
Great questions to ask oneself. Not only are people respecting a consultant, trustee or funder but, if a Christian, there is a trust that may be given before being earned. We all need to ask God for discernment with wisdom.
Thanks Rick for this thought-provoking reflection. We need to tread carefully, with kindness and grace.
As we think about acting as kindness we might like to reflect on this, one of my favourite quotes: ‘Be kinder than necessary as everyone is fighting some kind of battle’.