Increase Capacity, pt1
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
Capacity is a buzz word in a lot of leadership circles. How do you increase your capacity? How do you use your capacity? Are you operating at your fullest capacity?
Capacity is what you can take hold of, what you can handle.
Over 15 years ago, I lived in the country in an old farm house that I had added onto. On that property, there was a building that I converted to a home that we used for ministry purposes, and I rented out some of its space as well. The water to our big house was fed by a spring. It was delicious! The other house was on a well. That well was pretty deep and worked pretty well–until I had 5 people living there. They started running out of water. I had someone check out the well, and they said we weren’t going to get any more water out of the well as it was. The solution was to increase the capacity of the well by drilling down deeper. The flow didn’t change, but the capacity was increased.
Often, when people talk about increasing capacity, they talk about getting new talents or abilities, but that’s increasing the flow. Capacity is a matter of drilling down to increase.
Increasing your capacity doesn’t mean you have to get a new talent. It means you have to use the talents you have more effectively. For leaders, the key way to drill down is learning the power of “yes” and “no.” If you say no to the right things, you’ll be able to say yes to the right things—that increases your capacity.
If you are doing things that are not important to you or that someone else can do or things that are not important to your team, that is something you can eliminate through delegation and increase your capacity.
The thing that stops our capacity is getting caught up in the function of something and forgetting the purpose. There are functional things that you are going to have to do that are not directly related to your purpose. You have to connect those dots mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. If you have the ministry of hospitality, taking care of people, that means your house will have to be clean and inviting. You may not like that part of the job, but in order to fulfill that purpose, you have to function in cleaning your house. If there are functions directly connected to your purpose, you have to make room for them. Connecting function to purpose helps your capacity not get bogged down.
Increasing your capacity is using everything that God has given you.
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