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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.

2 Responses

  1. Brad McKenna says:


    I appreciated this post. It is great to see you are still out there and active as a leader. You have made a significant impact on my journey as a leader and I will always appreciate you for that. Thank you.

    Brad McKenna

  2. Raj Patel says:

    Tom – great article as it focuses on the person as a whole and not just the business leader. Appreciate your continued wisdom – Raj

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