Leadership Podcast:  Craig Groeschel

Energy Audit:  Rate every activity from -2 to +2

  • -2 = Extremely Draining
  • -1= Difficult but tolerable (can handle in short bursts & every so often)
  • +1= Tasks that are uplifting, positive, and sustaining
  • +2= Off the charts amazing

Track a period of time such as 1-3 weeks.  Audit everything from resting and eating to reading and working etc....

How to handle tasks that are draining:

  1. Delegate
  2. Eliminate
  3. Automate

Focus on things that sustain and energize and less on things that leave you drained.

Create rhythms for peak production and fulfillment.  Daily, weekly, monthly and annual rhythms such as going to bed, getting up, food, supplements, meetings, goals, etc....

Try breaking tasks into categories:

  1. Tasks to do
  2. Tasks to create
  3. Tasks to decide

Don't work harder but learn to manage your energy.  More time cannot be created.

There are 4 types of energy:

  1. Physical (Food, sleep....)
  2. Emotional (Express feelings)
  3. Mental / Creative (Balance input & output.  Read & absorb but also share,                                                                           express and teach)
  4. Spiritual (See the Tool Box!!)

A good definition of Leadership:  The art of harnessing human energy to create change, make a difference and get results.

Good questions to ask yourself and your team:

  1. How can I be more predictable?
  2. Is there something you don't know that you'd like to know?
  3. How deep into our organization have we empowered people to say yes? Freedom to make decisions and implement new ideas?
  4. What are your values? Empowering healthy leaders give responsibility away. Healthy leaders produce faithful followers but empowering leaders produce other leaders.
  5. What do your actions say you value?
  6. What are our values? What do we passionately love?  What breaks our heart and what makes us angry?

Culture is what we create and what we allow.



  1. Try to avoid either / or situations. Is there another way?  What are my 3rd and 4th options?
  2. Avoid decision fatigue like the plague! Delegate as many decisions as possible. This frees up mental energy.
  3. Become your own personal adviser. If someone replaced me what would they do?
  4. Decide when your going to decide. Don't procrastinate.  Separate to do's from to decides.  Wait until you have the energy and clarity of mind.  Remind yourself the cost of not making a decision.
  5. Listen for spiritual direction. Keep a list of when you feel prompted throughout the day.  God directs our steps.



Just because you say it doesn't mean they heard it, believe it or will do it.

Let's break this down into 3 steps:

  1. What do I want them to know?
  2. What do I want them to feel?
  3. How do I move them to action? To do?
  • If you can't define it they won't do it.
  • How can I become more YOU centered (not ME centered)


Consider having declaration statements everyday.  Base it on:

  • Where am I most vulnerable?
  • Where am I strongest? (Talents, gifts)
  • What do I value the most?
  • What motivates me and creates movement?


Quote from Bernard Shaw:  “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

Make sure the hat I'm wearing matches the purpose of my communication.  The hat your choose helps determine the emotion they feel.

All leaders are communicators.  There are 4 communication languages:

  1. Appearance (match the tone of the message)
  2. Body Language
  3. Words (repetition & transitions. create moments using silence)
  4. Emotions (change speed, tone, volume, facial expression, comedy)

The 2 most important qualities:

  1. Confidence
  2. Humility

Humanity connects us with others.  Be authentic.  We connect through our weaknesses.