This month we’ve looked at team dynamics from multiple angles. As we wrap up the theme of Transformational Teams, let’s dig into what it looks like to move forward, get to the next level, and take new ground!
Once teams get to the “continuous improvement” level (a Stage 5 team), it’s important to be on the same page. To continue growing and advancing as a group, there must be common a vision and set of objectives. In other words, an Action Plan. Transformational Leadership (by Ford Taylor) includes a five step action plan designed to help teams take new ground. Step five of the plan involves a tool called “VPMOSA” (said like v-p-mosa). Here’s the breakdown:
When teams are driven by a common vision, taking new ground is just about automatic. The “V” in VPMOSA responds to the question “where are you going?”. Consider Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law” (ESV). As followers of Jesus, vision is imperative for the coming Kingdom, Heaven becoming the culture of earth, and the discipleship of the nations.
Purpose responds to the question “why are you here?”. As believers we individually have a common purpose. We also have a corporate purpose. Consider Exodus 9:16, “But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth” (ESV). Honing in on and identifying purpose within a team and/or project will become the anchor necessary to take new ground.
Mission addresses the questions “what sets you apart and what are you willing to do that no one else will do to fulfill your vision?”. Consider Mark 16:15, “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.’” (ESV). Here’s an example of what missionally sets believers apart and notes the distinguishing factors (the differentiation) between teams advancing “the greater good” (moralism) and teams advancing the Kingdom of God.
Objectives, Strategies, Actions
Objectives outline how to carry out the mission, for the purpose, to see the vision. Identifying 2-3 objectives to be accomplished in a 12-18 month period will help teams meet milestones while keeping things measurable and risk/opportunity conscious. Once you’ve identified your objectives, determine 2-3 strategies to accomplish them. Then, for each strategy, identify 2-3 specific actions needed to execute the strategy and accomplish the objectives that make up the mission that stems from the purpose birthed out of the vision.
Taking new ground and advancing the Kingdom depends on the transformation of individuals, teams, organizations, communities, cities, states, and nations. For believers, stepping into new terrain (the promised land) requires us to reign. While transformational teams will take us (believers) the distance, impact starts with identity and personal responsibility. Consider Proverbs 25:28, “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls” (NKJV). As you walk out your pathway to leadership, remember that it takes personal responsibility and continuously improving teams who live out vision, purpose, a mission, objectives, strategies, and actions to take new ground.