Just got Tony Morgan’s book Killing Cockroaches in the mail. Great read. It is set up as if you are reading 200 and some odd blog posts. Makes for fast reading and easy to understand.
The title comes from a time when Tony was a CEO and someone came into his office and asked him to kill a cockroach in her office. The idea being, killing cockroaches was not part of his job. It was outside of what he did, what he should be doing and spending his time on.
This concept plagues pastors. Everyday, we do good things, things that have to be done, things that we should not be spending our time on, things that keep us from the things we should be spending our time on.
One of the things that was the most helpful were the lists that Tony included. Things like: 10 ways to keep me from visiting your church because I visited your website, how to blog, 10 ways to make church services more boring, 10 things I’ll remember after visiting Disney, 10 ways to know you’re not a leader, 10 advantages of doing ministry without a ministry strategy, 10 signs you’re not ready for change, 10 ways to sink your sermon series, and 10 ways to keep me awake and engaged during your entire message.
He also included interviews with Craig Groeschel, Dave Gibbons, David Foster, Dino Rizzo, Guy Kawasaki, Kathy Sierra, Mark Batterson, Nelson Searcy, Penelope Trunk, Phil Cooke, Seth Godin, Steven Furtick, and Troy Gramling on how they kill cockroaches in their leadership and what they’ve learned.
Here are a few other things I highlighted:
- To try to make everyone happy, you have to be comfortable with mediocrity.
- We become more passionate about something and move towards being an expert on that topic, we begin to develop our own lexicon with specialized words.
- Talent can only take you so far. Preparation is what separates a good speaker from the truly great ones.
- Leaders can’t be recruited from the platform.
- Leaders won’t be fulfilled by performing tasks.
- Leaders don’t follow doers.
- Leaders don’t want to be micromanaged.
- Leaders won’t commit to ambiguity.
- Leaders don’t just show up.
- People aren’t necessarily afraid of change. They’re afraid of being changed.
- The less options you provide (speaking of church programs), the less likely people will be to take a step.
- Always ask: Is there a way we can accomplish this without creating a policy?
- How do you encourage someone to attend your church for the first time? Do you tell them how great your church is? Or do you tell them how the experience may impact their life?
Definitely a book worth picking, a lot of great leadership nuggets in it.