Had a good conversation with an associate today. We talked about sustaining growth in people. That’s a subject I love to talk about. I’ve been getting so many clues lately about my role in “helping” people. As I’ve been living in my strength zone, people seem to be drawn to me. Maybe they crave what, or who, lives in me. Of course, I love to share that reality too. I am fully alive! I want this to be true for everyone I meet. My mission is centered on helping you discover it as well. Sadly, so many organizations leave the development of dreams in the dust. They are under the spell of profits first. Now here this; “you’ll make more profit if you develop people first. A confounding reality for many, but true anyway.
I sat in a meeting today where the discussion was centered on “next steps” relating to yesterday’s event. I’m suspicious of “events.” They’re momentary lifts in behavior. I think organizations like them because of the ease associated. It’s much harder to do something daily. Confronting our daily dysfunctions is difficult. As various opinions were given, I just observed. Observing is a great exercise. So much is revealed when we slow down. I spoke only once, but this brought a high dose of silence. “We must exhibit, on a personal basis, the behaviors we want to see in the people we lead,” is what I proclaimed. We have a glaring weakness in the area personal accountability. This is more than likely the reason we put on events, rather than daily development. As we seek greatness growth and development are the keys to being effective. I am going to write a growth and development program for my organization. A more detailed version of the Epic Living Influence/Strengths Program would be a great start. What they will do with it is in question.
I am sitting in Caribou Coffee for my normal reflective and writing time. It’s amazing how many conversations swirl here. I am amazed at how much people ignore the power they have within themselves. We spend so much time on small talk. I’m a believer in the “Kairos” type of time. Kairos being a Greek word to describe the opportunities given to all of us over time. As you get older (I’m closing in on forty) you realize how precious the opportunities are.
I’m planning on being complete with the book proposal by June1. Watch for updates here, as I venture down the road of my dreams in print. I’ll also post some things from the manuscript periodically as well. I hope you’ll be inspired as I journey down this path. If I can help change lives, then I will consider my endeavors a success.
Before I close, don’t forget that everyone has influence…so how are you using yours today?