Two ways to help your team become more productive today

The best teams achieve purposes they could not imagine attempting as individuals. Two keys that open doors to success are focus and gifting.


Greg McKeown articulates this well his book Essentialism,

“Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage.”

Traveling light enables us to go further, faster. Becoming more nimble allows us to meet the challenges of the changing marketplace.  It also reduces the frustration people feel when asked to focus on too many priorities.

In addition to having fewer priorities, let’s consider how we can align people better in areas where they can excel.


When team members performs work activating their gift, productivity can increase.

Could it be that . . . 

  • Most individuals contribute more when performing work they are good at and enjoy?
  • When team members are assigned more work they are good at and less work they are not, a more positive work environment is possible?
  • Placing high value on an individual’s gifting increases the feeling of belonging and team cohesiveness?
  • Redeploying people to tasks better aligned with their gifting can lead to better outcomes?

As we spend less time on non-essentials and align our people to work they are gifted, we create new opportunities to increase team effectiveness and become the leaders others want to follow.

Isn’t that what we all want?  To focus on what is important while contributing in ways that energize us.

Shepherding: The art of becoming the leader others want to follow