From Burning Platform to Burning Ambition: How Leaders Sustain Change

Leaders must shift from the proverbial burning platform to a burning ambition, and get underneath organizational reasons for change to make the journey personal.

There are thousands of books presenting dozens of lists on the attributes of great leaders. If I’m an ordinary human being, how do I actually become one of the great leaders I read about in these books? In other words, what is the pathway to greatness?

Here’s what Dr. Peter Fuda, founder and principal of The Alignment Group, learned: leadership effectiveness is not a matter of intention; it’s a matter of impact.

After five years of intense research, and twelve years of practice, Fuda has come to understand the limitations of the burning platform. Yes, some urgency can help motivate leaders to commence a journey of transformation, but it is not what enables them to sustain their journeys over time. What he found is that aspiration is a far more important motivator; sustainable change requires the fire of a burning ambition.

Download his five provocations to help you shift from burning platform to burning ambition here.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Fuda

Dr. Peter Fuda is founder and principal of The Alignment Partnership (TAP) and adjunct professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). As a management consultant, Peter and his team at TAP have created some 30 published case studies of business transformation, and more than 500 individual case studies of leadership transformation in blue chip organizations around the world. As a leadership coach, Peter has enabled more than 200 CEOs to measurably increase their leadership effectiveness and performance. As a thought leader, Peter’s research and approaches to transformation have been published on five continents. You can connect with Peter at peterfuda.com.

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In this era, we have the opportunity of professional church staff today who utilize their gifting to shape the image and atmosphere of the church organization. But the 100% real impact on the church visitors is genuine evidence of changed lives by the gospel and the active growing discipleship (just as it was in the first century church). One demonstration is financially rich believers ministering equally together with poor believers (how odd, and incredibly miraculous; all humble and bow at the foot of the cross.). It is the awesome contrast of church members vocations, race, gender, age, maturity, gifting, humility that demonstrates to visitors "there is a Spirit in the place". That first-time guest list of 10 are "physical excuses", not spiritual excuses. Those don't tell the story. The condition of facilities and publicly greeting people have zero to do with it. The power of God in and through believers lives dedicated to impact other people with their relationship bridge-building of acceptance of the lost around them. Empowered believers are infectious, loving, helpful, giving, self-less, dynamic, compelling, bold, Christ-filled. As I have been in many church settings domestically and internationally, the facilities can be poor, and yet the fellowship can still be rich. We need to operate with first church humility. People come to Christ on His terms, not on our human abilities of hospitality. A huge catastrophe in a community, disaster relief brings lots of people into churches – many come to the church in those terrible conditions no matter the physical condition of the local church. Off the condition of facility, and onto the condition of God's people (living stones).... and everything else will grow.... and the other physical issues will be corrected by the staff.
 
— Russ Wright
 
"While I understand the intent behind this phrase" Expound please. What do you understand to be the intent behind that phrase?
 
— Ken
 
Thank you for this article! I'm the pastor of a small church. My gifting is in teaching and we are known for aiding Christians in becoming Biblically literate. Visitor's often comment on God's presence being very real in our services. But we just don't seem to be growing. I have some soul-searching, etc. to do and this article provides some solid ground from which to proceed. Thank you again.
 
— Jonathan Schultheis
 

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