Are you having trouble reproducing, growing or expanding your group, team or business?If you answered affirmatively then you have come to the right place. We have all heard at one point in our lives or another about a man named Leonardo Pisano Bigollo more commonly know as Fibonacci. He is accredited as being the primary influence as to the reason we use the Arabic Numerals 0-9 and the idea of using the decimal system and Zero as a place older. Fibonacci is more well know because of his solution to a problem brought to him about rabbit reproduction. Today we find his “Fibonacci Sequence” in everything from nature in the smallest forms to architecture and music and literally everywhere we look. The idea of exponential growth happening within a few short generations of rabbits and any other thing we can think of has long been sought after, dreamt of and planned out with melancholy detail. Many times with regard to our businesses, teams, small church groups, or organizations we find that this massive growth does not happen. Why? you ask… I’m so glad you asked!
Several months ago I finished a book titled Exponential by Dave and Jon Ferguson. I highly recommend this book. It is targeted toward church growth but I find that the principles found within can be applied to almost any group or team. The Ferguson brothers refer to a study done by Joel Comiskey in the Book Home Cell Group Explosion in which this topic of group reproduction is tackled and explained.
First, let’s talk about 3 categories or factors that do not have any effect on the group’s reproduction.
1. The leader’s gender, social class, age, marital status, and education are not factors effecting the ability to reproduce the group.
2. The leader’s personality type was not a factor either.
3. The Leader’s Spiritual gifting also was not a factor in reproduction effectiveness.
If none of those factors affect the reproduction of the group, then what does? According to Comiskey there are five factors that DO affect the ability of the leader to effectively reproduce a group!
1. THE LEADER’S PRAYER LIFE
Regardless of your spiritual beliefs or church background I challenge you to consider this before I continue; Research has proven over hundreds of years, on every continent, and in every culture studied that prayer does increase the likelihood or odds of something happening in favor of those who are praying. With that being said I’ll continue. The one factor that seemed to have the biggest impact in the study was how much time the leader spent in prayer about the group and it’s people. in addition to prayer the study indicated that the devotional life of the leader was consistently in the top 3 most important variables. I highly suggest that you consider the importance of prayer and begin implementation immediately! Dont’ delay!
2. THE LEADER’S SETTING GOALS TO MULTIPLY
“Leaders who know their goal and know when their groups are planning to reproduce consistently reproduce their groups more often than leaders who do not know their goal.” I could not have said it better myself. There are actually two key principles in this one and I believe if we take a closer look you will agree. Notice that there must first be a goal set. The other factor here I would suggest is hidden in the word “multiply”. Notice that the word is not “addition”. Set your goal high and lofty. As the old saying goes ” If you shoot for the moon and miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Start with a big dream. Imagine how big it could be. I would suggest another book to help you with this one. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. It’s your turn to think big and set your goals to match!
3. THE LEADER’S RECEIVING EFFECTIVE TRAINING
Comiskey’s research further indicated that leader’s who felt they had been well-trained to reproduce did so more rapidly although this training was not as important or as effective as the prayer life of the leader. This solidified in my mind the need for a world-class training system but more importantly the need to instill in each of the leaders under me, the importance of that prayer life. I am very thankful that the LIFE business provides that world-class training system!
4. THE GROUP’S EVANGELISTIC EFFORTS
This is a mere numbers game. The research shows that if there are more people visiting, there will be a faster reproduction. call it a word-of-mouth campaign, advertising, door-to-door or whatever you team or business utilizes. The more people you come in contact with, the more likely you are to experience growth. If you are a small group or team trying to grow your numbers, the key will be for each person to get out and invite more people. A culture with kind of evangelistic effort must be started and developed by the leader. Leading by example goes a long way here! Try it. I dare you!
5. THE GROUP’S OUTSIDE MEETINGS
Believe it or not but when the group starts to have meetings after the meetings outside of the daily routine, there is a team functionality that developes for beyond what the leader can do with the normal group activities. This is what they refer to as the “Fun Factor”. This one of the great cultures that have been developed with in the many different teams all across the LIFE business where our motto is “Have Fun, Make Money, and Make a Difference”. The study shows that groups who get together outside of the normal activities “just for fun” are far more likely to reproduce quickly than those groups not having “outside” meetings.
I will end with this quote from the book; “Small groups are the epicenter of community in life…” Your effectiveness as a leader will depend on how good you get at reproducing small groups using the 5 tools I just gave you. Community is key. Go build yours today!
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