First published on this website in June 2011 and last updated in April 2019
A light-hearted look at the world of Winnie-the-Pooh with a serious intent to help church and mission agency administrators assess how they come across to others. Four types of administrator are discussed, each listed with three advantages and three downsides.
The Rabbit-type is a brilliant organiser, single-minded and highly focused, but he always needs to be seen to be busy and has few people-skills.
The Piglet-type scores on loyalty and humility as he carries out routine tasks behind the scenes, but he lacks initiative and is fearful of anything unknown.
The Eeyore-type has great experience of life's hardships and is unflappable in a crisis, but is a glass-half-empty person and finds it very difficult to work with visionaries.
- The Kanga-type is a sensible people-person who is loving and generous, but people take priority over task and can be unpopular when she claims to knows what is the best medicine for people.
These four types of administrator then have to work within a church populated by Poohs, Owls, Tiggers and Roos. The theory is that a good administrator is a balanced mix of all four types, rather than scoring well in one at the expense of the others.
Here is the link to this item: TN60 - Administrator types.pdf
These notes were updated in April 2019 with minor amendments to the text.