Virtuosity is defined as “performing the common uncommonly well.” As Crossfit coach Greg Glassman writes; “In gymnastics, a gymnast cannot receive the perfect 10.0 by completing the routine without error. In fact, an error-free routine will only accumulate a 9.7. To receive part of the last three tenths of a point in the quest for the elusive 10.0, one must show an uncanny ability to master the fundamentals.”
If the quest for mastery is built on the ability to perform the common movements uncommonly well, I believe we have a crisis on our hands. The crisis? In our quest for ease and convenience, we seem to have lost our desire to be good at the little things that matter. We get caught in the desire to want to move on to bigger and better without ever developing our baseline. As Glassman later states in his letter to encourage Crossfit coaches in the mastery of fundamentals:
“There is a compelling tendency among novices developing any skill or art, whether learning to play violin, write poetry, or compete in gymnastics, to quickly move past the fundamentals and on to more elaborate, more sophisticated movements, skills, or techniques. The novice’s curse is manifested as excessive adornment, silly creativity, weak fundamentals and, ultimately, a marked lack of virtuosity and delayed mastery.”
As leaders in the ministry, in the home, or in your workplace, we need to help set the standard of doing the common things uncommonly well. Here are 5 areas I believe we can lead the way:
- Communication: Lead your ministry team, your department, and your family in being an excellent communicator. Over communicate things. Don’t rely on text messaging and email, but rather use personal conversation as your first platform. Use the other platforms as reinforcement. If you do that, it changes the game.
- Reply to Emails: I know this could probably be thrown in with point #1, but let’s be honest, we need to give this one it’s own recognition. The people in your church or the clients you work with most likely communicate via email. Make contact with them within 24 hours. Even if you don’t know the answer, tell them you’ll get back to them..and then get back to them. If you want to lose trust with those around you quickly, be slow to reply to your email.
- Lead with confidence and grace: God has called you and equipped you. Be confident in your calling, but don’t be a tool. There is no greater deterrent than a leader with an ego or a short-fuse. Lead with grace. Be a servant to those around you as you lead them.
- Be a good team member. As a husband, father, pastor, coach, etc.. I will never earn the trust of those I get the privilege of leading until I have learned that we’re in the trenches together. We don’t lead from headquarters, we get to lead in the trenches. That’s where the battle is fought…and won. Get in the game and be a good team member.
- Have fun and work hard. Somehow we tend to do only one side of that formula. We either buy into the notion that if we work hard, it’s not fun. Or if we’re having fun, we’re not working hard. Do both. And do them with excellence. Have some fun with your co-workers. Let them see you enjoying your job, and let them see you working hard at the same time. I love the team of people I get the privilege of serving with at The Summit Church. I also love getting to put in some serious sweat equity with them as well. Work hard. Have fun.