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You Can Overcome the Chaos

Right now we’re in the middle of the greatest crisis of our lifetime.  Media companies are shutting down almost daily, and people who were industry leaders a year ago are now looking through the classifieds.  Churches, ministris, and non-profits are no different.  If you’re in that boat, and while it may look like there’s no hope, let me remind you of something really important.  The following companies all have one big thing in common:

Disney, GE, 20th Century Fox, CNN, MTV, Hyatt, Burger King, Microsoft, and FedEx. 

They were all started during crisis periods of economic recession.  What makes them different from you?  Their leaders understood how to navigate the dangerous waters of chaos and change.  They understood that times of difficulty and confusion are also times of great opportunity.   Business consultant and writer Peter Drucker said about times like this:  “Stop solving problems and start pursuing opportunities.”  Sometimes we spend so much time on short term emergencies that we stop focusing on long term answers.

Stop being defeated, and start looking for daylight.  Focus on opportunity, adapt, make the tough changes, see where others are complacent, and take a risk.  Periods  of disruption level the playing field, and can actually put you back in the game.

Now, go create a revolution…

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  1. Good word Phil.  Much needed right now.  I’m going to be talking to a group of pastors tomorrow who are feeling very challenged – and need help and hope so desparately!


  2. “Periods of disruption level the playing field, and can actually put you back in the game.”

    How true – well said!

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