How is Vibrant Parish Life Similar to a Successful Entrepreneurship?
Most of us know the tremendous success that is Starbucks. In his book It’s Not about the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks, Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks International, describes in detail the principles of leadership that he found to be of great value in both his professional and personal life.
This exercise is based on his book and asks the question “How is vibrant parish life similar to a successful entrepreneurship?” Eight of the values that have led to the success of Starbucks have been identified and correlated to a value of the Catholic Church. Parish leadership will develop a list of parish values that correlate to the identified Church values.
Approach to Implementation
One person in the group may serve as facilitator and another as recorder. All members of the group should have a copy of the attached worksheets.
Look at each Starbucks value and the correlating Church value. Discuss and share ideas with one another. Try to identify a practical action or value particular to your parish that correlates with the Starbucks value in the first box.
Roles and Responsibilities
This exercise is designed for those in parish leadership roles, such as the Parish Staff and the Parish Pastoral Council.
No additional training is necessary.
No additional resources are necessary. This exercise is based on the book It’s Not about the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks by Howard Behar. If you are interested in reading the whole book, it can be purchased through Barnes & Noble or amazon.com.