The Competency Drain

Have you ever noticed that you or someone on your team ends up with most of the tasks when a meeting is over while others walk away unencumbered? The reason is organizations want their best people on things. If there is a clear competency gap between people on a team, usually, workflow drains toward competency. Much of the time, the person who gets things done and done well will get most of the work assigned to them.

There are times when this is an organizational/structural issue. There are also more “task-oriented” roles on leadership teams than others (like administration). More often, however, it’s a relational, systemic issue. There might be a competency imbalance on the team. There may be a work ethic issue on the team. There might be a martyr complex on the team–someone feels like they have to be the one who works harder than everyone else–so they raise their hand whenever a task comes up.

Whatever it is, let me encourage you to acknowledge it and deal with it. If work flow drains toward competency, bear in mind that drain has it’s limits. It can get clogged or overwhelmed. So, if it’s you or someone you can identify on your staff team, mind the drain. See where the work drains toward and take measures to make sure everyone is competent and hands raise together when work comes up. If we don’t, we’ll burn up our competents and feed our lazies and/or incompetents–not that we should have any of those on our leadership teams.

 

Note: the original draft of Friday Stream of Consciousness for this week fell victim to a computer glitch. So, it will appear as a Monday Stream on Monday.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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