Interpersonal Leadership

Episode 018: Juliet Funt with Bill Hybels and Jeff Lockyer

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This episode of the GLS Podcast features a conversation between Bill Hybels and Jeff Lockyer on the importance of WhiteSpace—the “strategic pause” between activities that enables recuperation for the mind and greater productivity. After listening to excerpts from Juliet Funt’s insightful 2017 GLS session, they share practical strategies for how to increase WhiteSpace into your daily life.

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Juliet Funt

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Bill Hybels

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Jeff Lockyer

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SUMMARY:

This episode of the GLS Podcast features a conversation between Bill Hybels and Jeff Lockyer on the importance of WhiteSpace—the “strategic pause” between activities that enables recuperation for the mind and greater productivity. After listening to excerpts from Juliet Funt’s insightful 2017 GLS session, they share practical strategies for how to increase WhiteSpace into your daily life.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • WhiteSpace is a strategic pause taken between activities.
  • WhiteSpace can be recuperative or it can be constructive.
  • Great leaders naturally use WhiteSpace.
  • Incessantly tinker with your schedule, making sure you have time for replenishment.
  • Try not to mix a day full of meetings with creative activities.
  • Schedule a 15-minute break between meetings.
  • WhiteSpace simplification questions:
    • Is there anything I can let go of?
    • When is “good enough,” good enough?
    • What do I truly need to know?
    • What deserves my attention?
  • Life has become too full, and we have to learn to let go.
  • Always stay in the lane that plays best to your strengths. Let go of activities that others can do better.
  • Excellence honors God and inspires people. But when excellence becomes perfectionism, we’ve taken it too far.
  • Email should be succinct and phrased in such a way that the respondent can give you a one-word answer. Longer emails should often be a meeting.
  • Identify the subject matters that are important for your work vs. the subjects you can “strategically” neglect.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. In our fast-paced culture of insatiability, Bill and Jeff discussed the importance of replenishment and Juliet Funt’s concept of WhiteSpace. Check the box to identify which of the four WhiteSpace simplification questions you most need to consider right now:

     Is there anything I can let go of?
     When is “good enough,” good enough?
     What do I truly need to know?
     What deserves my attention?

  2. Reflecting on the question that you selected, identify the specific situation(s) in your life or work that would be most impacted if you were to embrace a reductive mindset?

  3. What is one thing you could do today to become more reductive in the situation(s) you identified above?

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Jack Welch

Bill Gates

John Maxwell

Carly Fiorina

2 Corinthians 10:5

RELATED LINKS:

Juliet Funt

WhiteSpace at Work

Southridge Community Church

Willow Creek Community Church

The Global Leadership Summit