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Simplify. (Replenishing Your Energy Reserves.)

May 25th, 2015 // Tom Doescher // 2 Comments

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As you know from reading my blogs, I’m a huge fan of being focused as a leader. It’s one of the “Big 4” traits of world-class leaders. Bill Hybels’ recent book, simplify., provides some fresh, clear advice to us super-busy leaders who often feel overwhelmed, over-scheduled, and exhausted, and who become irritated by small things and often feel resentful.

I would recommend the book and, to whet your appetite, the following is a brief summary of the main topics Hybels explores:

  1. Assess your energy level — have you snapped at someone close to you for no apparent reason?
  2. Are you in control of your schedule? Does your calendar reflect your stated life priorities?
  3. Do you have mastery over your finances or are you overextended? (Editorial  comment: I think financial independence is more a function of spending than of income.)
  4. Are you passionate about your work/vocation? If the answer is no, do something about it.
  5. Do you have an unresolved relational issue where you have refused to forgive the other person? Consider dealing with it, since it definitely affects your effectiveness.
  6. Do you have a destructive fear (phobia)? This can consume a lot of energy.
  7. Do you have friendships that are energizing?
  8. What season of life are you in? Do your goals and activities match your season?
  9. Is your life focused on what matters most to you? Simplify.

Disclaimer: Bill Hybels is the leader of a major Christian organization, and sprinkled throughout the book are Christian references. That being said, he arguably is one of the best leaders in the world today, and I’ve learned a lot from him. Whether you’re a Christian or not, you can substitute your belief system and still gain some great advice.

15 Leadership Lessons from the All Blacks

May 11th, 2015 // Tom Doescher //

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The “All Blacks” is the nickname of the New Zealand national rugby union team, current holders of the Rugby World Cup, and the winningest rugby team of all time. As many of you know, I love to use sports teams as examples for great leadership and teamwork. James Kerr, author of Legacy, was embedded in the team and summarizes the following 15 leadership lessons he learned from his time with them:

  1. Sweep the Sheds — Never be too big to do the small things that need to be done.
  2. Go for the Gap — When you’re on top of your game, change your game.
  3. Play with Purpose — Ask “Why?”
  4. Pass the Ball — Leaders create leaders.
  5. Create a Learning Environment — Leaders are teachers.
  6. No Jerks — Follow the spearhead.
  7. Embrace Expectations — Aim for the highest cloud.
  8. Train to Win — Practice under pressure.
  9. Keep a Blue Head — Control your attention.
  10. Know Thyself — Keep it real.
  11. Sacrifice — Find something you would die for and give your life to it.
  12. Invent a Language — Sing your world into existence.
  13. Ritualize to Actualize — Create a culture.
  14. Be a Good Ancestor — Plant trees you’ll never see.
  15. Write Your Legacy — This is your time.

The list includes some great points, but my favorites are No. 4 and No. 14. Are you and your company creating “Leaders,” and are you planting trees you will never see?

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