By Harry E. Eastridge and William G. O'Callaghan, Jr.
When the Choir Began to Sing is the story of a small church in the town of Midville that is in serious decline. This book explores the stages that any organization must pass through during periods of significant change. The metaphor of a small-town church supplies readers with the perfect springboard from which to search for the answers to their organization's dilemmas, including how to nurture the untapped leadership that exists within.
Key insights from this book include the following:
- The “choir” is an untapped source of power for leaders.
- Even when the change is positive, we need to grieve what was lost.
- Unresolved problems become unintended consequences.
- Identifying the problem is only half the battle.
- People don’t like being forced to change.
- There is a leader within each of us waiting to make a difference.
- Urgency focuses energy and drives change.
- The “choir” is our connection to the rest of the world.
- The more power you give away, the more you get back.
- Preach to the choir…but in the right way.
- When you are on the right path, you end up where you want to be.
Use this book to help members of your organization:
- Motivate people.
- Cause action.
- Practice collaborative problem solving.
- Overcome fear and reluctance.
- Make success out of change.