August 17, 2011 Tony Morgan

What if working harder doesn’t work?

“It’s part common sense, part human nature to press on towards a break through. If we are not producing at work, we just work harder, longer hours. If our organization is not growing, we work the same plan harder. It seldom seems to occur to us that ‘more’ or ‘harder’ might not be the answer. Sometimes the only thing that works is ‘different.'” –Maurilio Amorim, CEO of the A Group

Check out the rest of Maurilio’s article. The problem, of course, is “different” is uncomfortable. We may prefer our current plan. We know it. We like it. We may not personally like the different plan, even if it could potentially have a bigger impact.

This is why many churches are stuck. “More” and “harder” are easy. “Different” requires real leadership.

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Founder and Lead Strategist of The Unstuck Group. Started in 2009, The Unstuck Group has served 500 churches throughout the United States and several countries around the world. Previously, Tony served on the senior leadership teams of three rapidly growing churches including NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He has five published books including, The Unstuck Church, and, with Amy Anderson, he hosts The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month.

Comments (4)

  1. I facing this right now. Lots of hard work has been done in the country where I live and serve, but it has not amounted to what it should have compared to the effort. My partners and I believe its time for “different” but yes, it is so uncomfortable. It has become easier though when the status quo is more uncomfortable than launching out into the deep.

  2. The other side of that pendulum seems to be too much change. I’ve served a pastor that every 4 to 6 months started in a completely different direction and ‘changed all the rules’. No initiative was worked long enough to see any real results. Isn’t that equally as ineffective?

  3. eric

    I have experienced this before myself. I get frustrated when organizations keep doing the same things and the strategies may not be working as good as they had in the past. For some reason we think if we work harder and more hours that we can make it work. Sometimes we need to change course and try something else.

  4. Read your article this morning and the link you posted and came up with this equation for these postings.
    Same Effort + Same Plan = Same Results
    More Effort + Same Plan = More Frustration + Same Results
    Same Effort + Different Plan = Different Results
    Looking for different results? Time for a different plan.

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