GET TO KNOW ONE OF YOUR KEY PLAYERS BETTER TODAY.
Leading people is like conducting an orchestra. There are many different players and instruments that the conductor must know thoroughly.” Drucker challenged us to really know the key players on our team.
Asking a good question is essential to discovering the keys to a person’s heart. Through the years, I have developed a list of questions that have helped me in this endeavor time and time again:
“What do you dream about?” You can learn about people’s minds by looking at what they have already achieved, but to understand their hearts, look at what they dream of becoming.
“What do you cry about?” When you understand people’s pain, you can’t help but understand their hearts.
“What do you sing about?” What brings people joy is often a source of their strength.
“What are your values?” When people give you access to their values, know that you have entered the most sacred chambers of their hearts.
“What are your strengths?” Whatever people perceive as their strengths makes their hearts proud.
“What is your temperament?” Learn that, and you often discover the way to their hearts.
Be that Guy you needed not so long ago
2 Corinthians 8:21
For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Daily Storytelling Time
Fighting Your Instincts
Even if you’ve never touched one before, you’ve got some instinct inside you that knows when your hand’s inside a toilet. I was blindfolded but that instinct was firing away like crazy.
There’s another instinct—comes from your hand—that screams, “GET ME OUTTA HERE!”
“What’s the matter, pledge?” a fraternity brother’s voice beside me chided. “You don’t trust your brothers?”
I grimaced and pushed my hand back into the bowl—guess that’s what separates men from animals, the ability to fight your instincts.
“Deeper!” the voice ordered.
Mumbling under my breath, I complied. I was almost up to my forearm when I felt something soft.
“Pledge!” the voice yelled before my instincts took over again. “Don’t remove your hand!”
My teeth clenched. Everything inside was telling me to rip my arm out of the water, tear the blindfold off, and run like hell away from here. Well, almost everything. A tiny thought reminded me I’d worked my ass off to get here and I couldn’t throw it all away now.
“Grab it!” the command came.
My hand obeyed, crushing the gruesome softness between it’s fingers.
“Now smell it.”
I bolted upright—that instinct again.
“What?” the voice screamed, “don’t you trust your brothers?”
Slowly, I lifted my hand to my face—but held my breath.
Brow furling below the blindfold, I took a hesitant sniff, and instantly, I knew what it was—a banana!
“Trust your brothers!” a calm voice told me.
With a huge sigh of relief, I nodded agreement.