Leaders focus relentlessly


Multitasking is a myth. There has been much research recently. Earl Miller MIT neuroscientist at MIT explains that it is actually switch tasking and in the switching from task to task we lose more than we gain.

MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller (Think You’re Multitasking? Think Again: John Hamilton, NPR October 2008) says, “Switching from task to task, you think that you’re actually paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But, you’re not.” You’re really toggling between tasks at amazing speeds. Apparently, we were never multitasking. It’s a myth!

Leading is difficult. There are more things to accomplish than time to accomplish them. The only practical solution we think is available to us is multitasking. This thinking is only fed by the relentless wave of social media. We think doing more things is the way to get more done but the ironic thing is the less you do the more you get done. This is one of the more counter cultural things I have come to learn as I have gotten older. The secret to effectiveness is not how much can you do at once but rather how well do you concentrate on one thing at a time.

The three things that determine how far your team will go.

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One of the things that we are addicted to in our culture is speed. Once we taste LTE speeds on our phones 4G no longer seems speedy. Faster is always  better.

1.  speed of trust –

The first thing every team must have is trust. There are few things that slow down efficiency and create redundancy like a lack of trust. If you team spends the lion share of it’s time covering their own tracks and not watching each others backs you will move slow and ineffectively.

2. speed of decisions – 

You can make faster better decisions when you create a decisive culture and not a bureaucracy of decision making. The more you can allow your team to make poor decisions you enable them to make good ones.

3. speed of focus – 

The more you trust each other and the faster you make decisions what results is more opportunity greater capacity. How fast you focus determines how far you go as a team. If you miss focus you erode trust once trust is eroded your decisions grind to a crawl.

If SPEED determines distance LOVE determines the depth.

At the end of the day the thing that means the most is love. You have to love what you do you have to love the team you are a part of and the team you lead. What helps you do that? Speed. Nope. Sacrifice. The faster you die to yourself the faster your teams will trust, the quicker your decisions will come because of the crispness you focus becomes.

Trust, decisiveness and focus are by products of love. When you understand how much you are loved by Christ you are free to love others with a crisp clarity selfishness lacks.


Retro Post:No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats!


No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats!
Laura, age 13

Who are you trying to reach?

I think this is huge for any ministry. Who are trying to reach and How are you going to reach them. In many ways the church has placed barriers between themselves and the people they are trying to reach. We have approached evangelism like you would approach the bathing or baptizing of a cat, with much cohesion and struggle to get the “cat” to do what you want it to do. If real-estate is location, location, location. Evangelism is relationship, relationship, relationship.

Who are trying to reach?

1. Know – What is the who, you are trying to reach? What does the typical family look like?

2. Focus – What are the values you actually do?

3. Do – Do what ever it takes to keep you values and priories in the right order.

4. Remember – Never forget that people do what they do based on what they value. What does God values, what do they value and what do you value?