How to Lead in a World of Distraction: Four Simple Habits for Turning Down the Noise

How to Lead in a World of Distraction: Four Simple Habits for Turning Down the Noise

by Clay Scroggins
How to Lead in a World of Distraction: Four Simple Habits for Turning Down the Noise

How to Lead in a World of Distraction: Four Simple Habits for Turning Down the Noise

by Clay Scroggins


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How to replace inner chaos with an emotional awareness that will maximize your influence and result in a calmer, less stressful, and more fulfilling life.

While many leaders train themselves on how to tune-out external distractions that keep them from being productive, they remain deaf to the inner desires and emotions churning beneath the surface. Pastor and author Clay Scroggins describes spiritual disciplines and tangible daily steps to help you incorporate four noise-cancelling habits into your daily life:

  • Finding simplicity – how does simplicity bring clarity?
  • Speaking to yourself – you're not crazy. Many of us do it; and there are real benefits!
  • Getting quiet – silence is difficult. Why emotionally healthy leaders make time for it.
  • Pressing pause – what does the word sabbath even mean, and why is it so important—on both a practical and a spiritual level?

By embracing these habits—business, church, and ministry leaders will be able to identify and understand their emotions and develop a calm and effective leadership style.

In this follow up to his bestselling book, How to Lead When You're Not in Charge, Clay Scroggins focuses on the real dangers of distraction and how to create space for personal evaluation and exploration.


"This book is such a valuable resource - not just for leaders but for anyone longing to make a difference in the world." (Dave Ramsey)

"Clay helps you move beyond the distractions to a moment-by-moment awareness that will help you regulate the way you think, act, and feel." (Ian Morgan Cron)

"In this book Clay provides leaders with practical ways to turn down the noise personally and organizationally." (Andy Stanley)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310598695
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 433,558
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, providing visionary and directional leadership for all of the local church staff and congregation. As the original and largest campus of North Point Ministries, ranked by Outreach Magazine in 2014 as the Largest Church in America, NPCC averages over 12,000 people in attendance. Clay works for Andy Stanley, one of the greatest leaders on the planet, and understands firsthand how to manage the tension of leading when you’re not in charge.

Starting out as a facilities intern (a.k.a. Vice-President of Nothing), he has worked his way through many organizational levels of North Point Ministries and knows all too well the challenge of authority deprivation. Clay holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Master’s degree and doctorate with an emphasis in Online Church from Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Forsyth County, Georgia, with his wife, Jenny, and their four children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Chapter 1 The Danger of the Distraction 13

Chapter 2 White Noise 31

Chapter 3 The Three Villains of Leadership 59

Chapter 4 The Me of Leadership 75

Chapter 5 Noise-Canceling Habits 103

Chapter 6 Habit One: Finding Simplicity 115

Chapter 7 Habit Two: Speaking to Yourself 135

Chapter 8 Habit Three: Getting Quiet 151

Chapter 9 Habit Four: Pressing Pause 173

Chapter 10 Master Control 193

Notes 207

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