Have you ever realized that you were getting great feedback…after it was too late? This happens to me constantly. I have an idea. I start making plans and arrangements. I get just enough folks on board to implement the idea. We execute the idea and it goes ok. Just ok. Afterward, I have people who could have offered invaluable information and suggestions. Unfortunately, it is too late.
As the leader, pastor, director, whatever – it is our responsibility to have the right people involved at the right time. Tomorrow is probably not the right time. After the event or decision is not the right time. It is difficult and hard work to have conversations where you might not get your way before the event happens. The old saying of, “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission,” is funny and stupid. Don’t be that guy. You will not last long and you will not make a difference.