“Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” — Proverbs 19:2 NLT
Often when we jump ahead and move too quickly, we make mistakes. The power of coaching is to help us slow down enough to process and consider– making wise implementation much more likely. When we’re enthusiastic we grab the first idea we have and run with it. How much better to have a coach help us generate multiple options, assess them, select one, and then implement it much more effectively.
In yesterday’s blog entry, I outlined some of the advantages of pilot projects—starting small to test a ministry idea. Let’s say you do that. How do you know if it’s working? Here are a few ways to evaluate the success of your pilot project.
- Goal achievement. That sounds simple, but it’s essential. Is this pilot project producing the results you were aiming for? (Note: this presupposes that you set clear, measurable goals ahead of time.)
- Motivated team members. How easy is it for you to find—and keep—team members?