Eric Geiger on 4 Signs You Are Leading Like This Is a Disruption (Not an Interruption)

4 Signs You Are Leading Like This Is a Disruption (Not an Interruption)

When I was a child there was a series of books that I loved to read; they were called “choose your own adventure.” Shortly after the book began you, pretending to be the main character, were confronted with a choice. If you chose one path you would turn to a certain page, and you would turn to a different page for a different choice. Based on the initial path you chose, you would then be confronted with another set of decisions that were not on the alternative path. Leading during the pandemic has reminded me of those books.

If you viewed the pandemic as an interruption, you likely went down one path as a leader. And if you viewed the pandemic as a disruption, you likely went down another path. The two views and thus the two paths are vastly different. An interruption temporarily pauses the trajectory of life and work. A disruption alters or accelerates the trajectory of life and work.

Pandemic as an interruption:

Leaders who viewed the pandemic as an interruption viewed this season as a pause in the normal rhythms of life and work. They spent time working and planning for the day when things would return to “normal.”

Pandemic as a disruption:

Leaders who viewed the pandemic as a disruption started to ask questions about what was changing and what would change in people’s lives as a result of the pandemic. As they served people “today,” they looked to how they would be serving people in the future.

My former boss Thom Rainer recently articulated that the pandemic is a disruption for organizations, specifically ministries, and not an interruption. I believe he is right.

One of my favorite parts of the “choose your own adventure” books was that you could go back and choose the different path. Initially I treated the pandemic as an interruption. I absolutely loved the season I was in and did not want to imagine that March 2020 was anything more than a temporary interruption. I know I was not alone. While many of us leaders hoped the pandemic was only an interruption, because we loved our roles and the people and the season we were in, at some point we realized that we were leading through a disruption, not an interruption.

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Source: Church Leaders