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ReLaunch: How to Stage an Organizational Comeback Hardcover – February 1, 2013
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I am a pastor of a pretty cool church here in Baltimore, MD [...] that by all accounts experienced some tremendous success. Moved into a new location, initially doubled in size, but then something happened. I was unprepared for the transitional costs not calculated on our spreadsheets. Relationships changed, attendance dropped, some people left, new people came in and we had no formal way of acclimating them to the vision, and worst of all...the vision was simply not clear and confusion mounted. We reached a cold hard reality that could no longer be ignored: We needed an Organizational Comeback. Maybe not the pomp and circumstance, name changing one...but the one that reevaluates the entire program from top to bottom and prays over clarity, communicates vision, and empowers the boat to get moving again.
In walks "Relaunch: How to Stage an Organizational Comeback." This book is a real page turner that has thoroughly encouraged me both in personal leadership as well as organizational leadership. There were parts of the book that hurt---as I had to face, for instance, that the vision in my church is not clear. I also had to face my fears of losing people...fears that stifled accountability and organizational candor. I had to face myself. What if I'm not the leader this church needs? All of these hard realities were brought to light as I read (and notated) this book.
Not only does he diagnose, lead you through a self-diagnosis, but he also leads you through practical steps toward preparing your organization for a comeback. I look forward to updating this review one year from now to share how putting this information into practice has transformed our ministry.
One incredible book. Please get it. I beg you.
Ken Patterson, Pastor
Grace International Church
I'm not Christian and was initially reticent about the author's discussion of his work in transforming ministries and responsibilities as a pastor. However, it's not a rah-rah book about faith and perseverance in the religious sense. He talks in plain, precise detail about how he worked with institutions and people to overcome resistance and provide a path forward, and how that can affect you personally and professionally.
Backing up, Dr. Rutland uses the first part of the book to share his own successful experiences in organizational comeback. Easy and enjoyable to read, these set his qualifications to write on the topic. As the book goes on, he continues with specific advice for turnaround situations which is clear and logical. As I read, I was able to make some immediate application to my own current task.
I came from the last page thinking of Dr. Rutland as a friend. I'm sure I will enjoy meeting him some day.
I also came away with the conviction that my organization will turn around and will be stronger in five years because of what I read here.
I have given few books five star ratings, which shows how much I value this one. But it, read it, apply it.
Thanks, Dr. Rutland! God bless you, my new friend and mentor.