26 Jul

The 3D Operating System

There is an old saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

There is something to be said about this advice. It assumes you know how to not only accomplish the task appropriately but it also assumes you are the right person for the job.

You might know the right way but are you the right person?

A good filter for determining the answer is to ask yourself another question, “Is this the highest and best use of my time?

Like any start-up organization, the Apostles found themselves trying to manage the challenges of a thriving movement. Good things were happening and fast. In the process, some of the finer details were starting to slip through the cracks.

Rumblings and grumblings were starting to appear as growing pains were sign of growth. Truth is, progress comes with a few stretch marks! The team was being stretched and it was starting to show in their countenance and cooperation toward a common goal.

What leadership lessons can we learn from Acts 6:1-5?

I call it the 3D Operating System

1. Duplicate yourself

2. Delegate your duties

3. Do your job

The Apostles were at their personal limits. There is only so much time in the day. You can only do so much. Solution? Clone a “mini-me”! Duplicate yourself! You can’t do it all! You need help!

Look for leaders who are well respected for their core competencies, are led by strong values and are known for making wise decisions.

What next?

Delegate your duties. Everyone has different gifts and abilities. What are the things you are great at and are most suited for your strengths? Are there things you care doing that can be accomplished by other highly competent people? Who, if we are honest, might actually do an even better job?  Stay in your lane! Operate from your sweet spot and determine what constitutes the highest and best use of your time and talents. Quite simply, delegate!

Finally, do your job. Stay focused on what you have to contribute to the team and trust others to do the same as you divide and conquer!

God has given you certain gifts, talents and abilities that are unique to you. The same is true for others on your team. The key is in having everyone operate from their strengths. Highly functioning teams not only work well together, they find great satisfaction in knowing they contributed to the greater good. There is something special about knowing we did more together than we ever could alone.

I love the last line from Acts 6:5, “Everyone liked this idea.”

When we duplicate ourselves, delegate duties and do our job according to the highest possible good, great things start to happen and everybody likes the idea!

Try the 3D Operating System and you might just be surprised what gets done without you!