If you’ve ever been in a situation where it feels as if the whole organization is against you, but you’ve been put in charge to lead it anyway, then you’re going to relate to Kent Clark at the Springfield Community Church. There’s something both comical and tragic when you realize you’ve been hired to herd cats … because there’s just no herding cats.
Sound familiar? As the founding pastor of several churches and the transformational pastor of several more, I can honestly say “Been there, Done that” for over twenty years.
Hi. I’m Bill Tenny-Brittian, the author of If You’ve Got to Herd Cats, You’ll Need a Bigger Mouse. After twenty-plus years as a pastor, I spent the next decade working with churches as a consultant, coach, and leadership developer. During my career in professional ministry and working with thousands of church leaders across the nation, it became abundantly clear that the successful church leaders weren’t necessarily smarter than everyone else. They didn’t necessarily work harder than everybody else. And honestly, they didn’t necessarily get better breaks than everybody else either.
The key difference between average leaders and successful leaders is that successful leaders are able to articulate a vision so compelling that people are willing to suspend their own good ideas, their own preferences, and even sacrifice the status quo in order to follow the leader.
That Aha! moment came for me when I saw a cartoon about herding cats and that set my mind to thinking. Over the next two years, I researched, dreamed, and spoke with church leaders about their experiences. Then I put pen to paper (okay, to be honest I put fingers to keys) and the result was If You’ve Got to Herd Cats, You’ll Need a Bigger Mouse. (It didn’t hurt when I learned that a bunch of cats isn’t called a herd, but a Glaring … and a bunch of mice is called a Mischief! I thought to myself, “Well, that explains a LOT about the church and other organizations.”)
Ultimately, I wrote the book to be a practical guide that would help leaders of the church, of non-profits, and for-profits work through the development of a vision that is inspiring, compelling, and worthy of following. To keep it accessible, I intentionally kept it short – you should be able to read it about an hour.
Once you’ve read the book, you’ve only just begun. What comes next is nothing short of the most exciting journey you’ll ever traverse. The codification of a mission, the discovery of core values, and the creation of a Big Mouse Vision. And once you’ve got your vision, the book provides a MAP to help you navigate the minefield of vision implementation.
Finally, if you or your organization needs help with your visioning, we’ve put together additional tools to help. Give one of my assistants a call and we’ll help evaluate what your next best steps may be.
I’d love to hear about your Big Mouse Vision. Give me a shout after you’ve read the book and let me know how it’s going!