Good Leaders Makes the Tough Calls

Monday Morning Insight recently shared a list of 10 Observations From Churches Who 'Get It.' One of the observations was...
These churches are not afraid to make tough calls. If they see a ministry that needs cut, they’ll cut it. A staff member that’s not pulling his/her weight? They’ll reassign them or help ‘free their future’. They are not afraid to make gutsy and/or controversial calls. And best of all, it is their vision and mission that make these decisions, according to them, much easier.
I later read this on ESPN.com. Here are some excerpts...
Claude Julien was fired as coach of the first-place New Jersey Devils on Monday and replaced by general manager Lou Lamoriello with less than a week to go in the regular season.

The firing comes after the Devils won four of their last five games. The team is in first place in the Atlantic Division.

The firing came less than 24 hours after New Jersey beat Boston 3-1 to take a one point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils' 47-24-8 record in Julien's first season in New Jersey was the second-best in the Eastern Conference.

Monday's firing isn't the only time Lamoriello made a late-season coaching move. He fired Robbie Ftorek with eight games left in the 1999-2000 season and Robinson led the team to its second Stanley Cup title.

Lamoriello didn't consider the change in 2000 in deciding to replace Julien.

"You don't think of those things," Lamoriello said. "Nothing makes it any easier, believe me. The day anything like this becomes easy, or when it's trading a player or when you have make these decisions and it becomes easy, that's the day you look for a different position."

Firing the coach of a first place teams with less than a week to go in the season seems like a stupid move. Unless you consider that the GM of the Devils has consistently built winning teams. Good leaders know that sometimes difficult decisions have to be made for the good of the organization that on the surface don't seem like the right moves. And too often people in churches avoid making tough calls because they are afraid of the ramification. The trouble is that no one factors in the ramifications of not making the tough calls.
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