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Orange Breakout // Influencing Transition

By far my favorite breakout this year was taught by Pastor Larry L. Thompson of First Baptist in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Larry taught on influencing transition and the five circles of change.  He has about three pages worth of notes, so I’m going to attempt to bring you the best of what I heard:

One of the greatest traits of a leader is the ability to transition people through change.

5 Keys to Influence Transition

  1. Common Sense
    • People respect and respond to a leader you uses common sense led by the Holy Spirit.
  2. Compatability
    • Is the change and transition compatible with the core values of the organization?
  3. Complexity
    • The changes has to be simply understood.  If it’s too complex, people will jump ship.
  4. Connectivity
    • Let people see, feel, smell, touch, and taste the change.
    • People will resist the unknow, let them know!
  5. Courage

5 Circles of Change

  1. Change Agent // The Inspector // Determine the situation, develop the vision, and discover the need for change.
  2. Main Person // The Input // Give vision to the main person in a personal way.
  3. Decision Maker // The Influencer // Respect their influence.
  4. Those Most Involved // Those Involved // Provide them the opportunity to “test-drive” change
  5. The Members // Intention // Be careful in timing this well…

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.