In a couple of hours, I will be facilitating another “Emerging Leaders” group sessions here at work. We are working our way through John Maxwell’s book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. Here is an application from the end of chapter 5 (Law of Consistency) that is worth sharing:
“The more whys you have for pursuing personal growth on a daily basis, the more likely you will be to follow through. Start compiling those whys. Think of immediate benefits as well as long-term ones. Consider reasons related to purpose, vision, and dreams. Think of how it will help you relationally, vocationally, and spiritually. Any reason to grow is a good reason as long as it’s your reason.”
On my way into work this morning, I was listening to John Lee Dumas’ podcast, “Entrepreneur on Fire”. In the episode I listened to (#1482 from November 11, 2016), John was interviewing Rob Moore, author of Disruptive Entrepreneur. I would highly recommend taking time to listen to EOFire. Whether you are striving to become an entrepreneur or not, you will learn valuable insights into yourself, your work, and your world.
During an interaction, Rob pointed out that John had emphasized the word “responsibility” as “response ability”. They had a great exchange following that. For obvious reasons.
This past Friday, my company held its 3rd annual all-employee education day. It was a great time to learn, collaborate, and stretch. But now it’s Monday morning. What are we all doing with all that information we were exposed to?
Studies show that probably only 5% of us will actually act on new insights we’ve been exposed to. That’s it! Only 5%!
But dove-tailing off of EOFire this morning, you have the “response ability” to do more with what you learn.
- You read an article that directly applies to your line of work. Take time to share it with someone on your team. Find out if your work should change based upon new ideas you discovered.
- You read a book about personal growth. Create an action plan to put what you’ve learned into practice. Today.
- You attended a seminar that got you all pumped up. Journal about what you learned, how you felt, and what you intend to do about this new insight.
In other words, when you learn something new, TAKE ACTION! That’s your response ability. As Jeff Olson in The Slight Edge says, take daily, disciplined action toward your goals and you will succeed.
Are you taking responsibility? Make a plan. Do the plan. Don’t let great insight and experience go to waste.
As you may remember, I started two Emerging Leaders groups this fall. During the last two months we’ve been studying and discussing Jeff Olson’s book, The Slight Edge. We’re wrapping that up in the next couple of weeks. And in November will kick off a study and discussion on John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.
Our discussions have been rich and I’ve been getting very positive feedback from the eight individuals who are going through this with me. One young lady said that she appreciated having to read a book because she normally doesn’t do that. In fact her mother was astounded that she was actually doing that. But she said she’s gained so much from going through this experience.
In January I will start another new group. It’s been a great investment of my time. Again, these meetings only last one hour once a week. In fact one of the groups meet during the lunch hour. It’s a minor investment that is having great returns. As Maxwell says, an organization gets better when the leaders get better.
I would love to hear your ideas of how you’re developing Future Leaders in your organization. Please share in the comments section. Thank you for visiting Go, Leader, Grow!
It’s human nature to focus mostly on what comes easiest to do. In a job, that means we focus on the tasks at hand. Getting stuff done. But if you ignore being the right person, then you will fail to really do the right things for the right reasons. As many a philosopher has stated, being must come before doing.
What do I mean by “being the right person?” To be the right person who is seeking to advance themselves, I believe you need to internalize and consistently demonstrate the following attributes (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Personal Responsibility
- Respected Work Ethic
- Life of Learning
- Passionate Purpose
- Trusted Resource
- Professionalism & Maturity
You must be the right person, doing the right thing, at the right time.
Read more at: https://www.amazon.com/Right-Jim-Johnson-ebook/dp/B006VEMDT0#nav-subnav
I’m going to start something new this fall. I have formed within my department an “emerging leader” team. I asked each of my four managers to pick 1 person from each of their teams to join me this fall for a mentoring group that will last until Christmas.
We’re going to start off by studying the book by Jeff Olson called The Slight Edge. We will then end with John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. I will be also involving them in a all-day education day with our employee group. They’re going to help me with a presentation that I’ll be making.
This is going to be an intentional, one hour per week, time where I can help develop these individual’s growth and potential. Their managers saw something in them that said if we can continue to develop them, they will be our future leaders in our organization. I’ve had another vice president in our organization asked me to do the same thing with one of her teams.
In any organization, leadership matters. John Maxwell states that leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less. If that’s true (and it is) then we need to be developing leaders.
I would encourage you and your organization to think about doing the same thing. The people who are going to be in my groups are very excited about the opportunity coming up. Your organization will improve and your people will be excited about the kind of growth that they’ll experience.
For me it’s a short-term investment that will have long-lasting impact. If you start something like this, please let me know so we can encourage each other through our journey.