Increase Capacity, pt2
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
Increased capacity is using the capacity you have—it’s that simple.
2 Timothy 4:13
When you come, bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.
Paul is in jail, waiting to be executed. There are 9 verses that follow, about 130 words, and then we never hear from him again. Winter is coming, so he asked that his coat be brought to him, some books, and the parchments (the books of Scripture).
He knows that his time is done. In spite of that, he is maintaining his edge. The best way to maintain your edge is to keep it sharp, not letting it get dull or rusty. Increasing your capacity is not getting a new lawn mower, but sharpening the blades on the one you have. You see a big difference when the blades are sharp and when they aren’t.
In military training, they use the term diminishing skills—as a person gets older, more set in their ways, even though they are familiar with something, their skills are declining. That is why they continually do target practice. They have to guard against diminishing skills.
The Apostle Paul asked for the books. It’s simple—if you don’t read, you can’t lead. You must be a reader. Continually learn. Refresh your information.
Look at the space around you. I have a garage, and it’s fairly organized in there. I know pretty well where everything is. Every once in a while, I go out there and look through my shelves. Penny needed a white extension cord the other day, and I found it in 30 seconds. I feel accomplished when I’m working on something and can find what I’m looking for.
Make room for things. Maybe there are some things on your shelf that need to be put to rest. Maybe your schedule and disciplines need to be reorganized. Do you know where things are, and can you find things—organizationally and spiritually?
If you are going to increase your capacity, you have to take advantage of what you already have. People tend to complain about what they don’t have, but they don’t fill up what they do have. The greatest mark of a leader is that a leader leads himself.
We are never going to have more time than we have now. Increasing your capacity is critical and starts with you leading yourself.
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