Wisdom on meetings from a fighter pilot

We heard from a friend in youth ministry yesterday. He was in staff meetings all afternoon.

Meetings go with the territory, but you can make them strategic if you do your homework. Here are three priceless insights on presenting plans in meetings. They come from the biography of John Boyd, the legendary fighter pilot who tangled with the Pentagon and influenced military strategy. (Caveat: His bio is fascinating, but it’s a rough read — the guy showed real dexterity in blue language and his obsession with work wrecked his family.)

1. Don’t ever be wrong
Do your homework, don’t sling half-baked ideas, and never use imaginary statistics. (This means no one will be able to discredit your argument.)

2. Don’t attach your efforts to a particular initiative
Champion an accepted goal or value. The initiatives you reference should serve as tactical options for achieving the goal or value. (This makes your suggestions valid since no one will be able to challenge your objective.)

3. Play by the rules
Don’t go behind backs, leak to the press, caucus among the congregation, etc. (This means no one can derail your efforts because you played fair with your methods.) 

That said, God is sovereign and works through authority. Humility means trusting Him with the outcome. Still, He grants us influence in the process.

And whatever one says about Boyd, his presentations were unassailable.

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