Making a Plan- ACE

December 2, 2008

Now that you have been over some of the Servant Leadership characteristics, you may find yourself wanting to address some of the “opportunities for growth” in your performance  Personally, I love to use acronyms to help me remember certain items of interest.  So, if you are looking for one to keep in mind when starting your new leadership style or before too much longer, your New Year’s Resolution, I thought I would offer one for the taking:



In order to make a plan, you first have to know what it is. This is where articulating the plan comes in. It is the critical first step.
• Articulate your greatest areas of concern first.
• Articulate your plans of attach for each one.
• Articulate who you could involve to help hold you accountable.


• Now that you’ve articulated your plan, it’s time to put it on paper.
• You will use the guide sheets provided to you to frame up your plan of action.
• Once you have your outline, if you feel so inclined, you can formalize it by writing out a detailed plan to share with your accountability partners.


• So know you’ve articulated your plan, put it on paper, and now it’s time to execute!
• This might be the harder part since some of these areas are ingrained habits. Include Executable items and deadlines on your plan.
• Once you’ve started the wheel, be sure to review it in 30,60,90, and 180 days for progress. Change it if necessary!

Hope this little one helps you in your planning.  This week is all about short and sweet!



About the Writer:


Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.

As a husband and father of three, Trent Cotton has a passion surrounding the role Christian Men are to play in their families, communities, churches and businesses.  This particular blog is dedicated to helping men take back the role that we have lost in society.


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