It’s time to clean house. There, we said it. And we’re not talking about dust balls and dirty floors. It’s the kind of housecleaning that requires a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-jump- in kind of attitude.

This kind of clean-up that can feel overwhelming as we get started, but once we’ve tackled a few big projects we find ourselves wondering how we ever let things get this bad.

We’re cleaning up the messes we never intended to let get this, well, messy.

What is it about big messes that can feel so daunting that we’d rather walk around them or just look the other way than figure out how to tackle such a beast?
At CBA, we’ve been having a lot of great conversations on the subject, and have done enough housecleaning to share a little about what we’re learning—a simple truth that only those that lead by example are credible enough to offer real help. The irrefutable truth is that “been there, done that” resonates better than “all talk, no action.”

And that’s where we find ourselves—examples by default, but with our heads held high. We’ve learned the not-so-secret way to get through even the ugliest of housecleaning moments; the ones where accountability trumps old systems and doing things well means more than “rocking the boat.”

Not surprisingly some of our own staff didn’t embrace change—employees whose attitudes eclipsed their contribution. Marginal skill sets and inflated ego is a no-win combination—and unfortunately, even a few whose employment was marked by theft. Maybe you even got an email from one such former employee; someone whose sense of self-entitlement includes documented theft, but they share on company letterhead disparaging remarks about CBA leadership.

It’s housekeeping. And sometimes it’s messy cleaning up. But we’re there and thankful we are. We aren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves and clean house—even when it’s our own. Especially when it’s our own.

The big things happening in our industry depend on our collective ability to look at the messes in our own house and just tackle them with no blaming, no ignoring.
Messes happen, but when they start affecting our ability to be successful, it’s time to own it. Our heads are held high because our vision of where God is leading our industry is bigger than any mess that distracts us from getting there.