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:
- Assess your energy level — have you snapped at someone close to you for no apparent reason?
- Are you in control of your schedule? Does your calendar reflect your stated life priorities?
- 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.)
- Are you passionate about your work/vocation? If the answer is no, do something about it.
- 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.
- Do you have a destructive fear (phobia)? This can consume a lot of energy.
- Do you have friendships that are energizing?
- What season of life are you in? Do your goals and activities match your season?
- 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.