Daily Leadership Message
FAILURE:An undesirable Outcome that strengthens the Leadership Foundation. (Q3.16).
AN UNWANTED OUTCOME THAT BUILDS THE LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION
Failure is the fourth phase of the LDP.
From Schooling, a man learns what a Leader is supposed to do and be. From Apprenticeship, he learns to be what a Leader is and to do what a Leader does. From Opportunity, he acquires the experience necessary for him to Lead in areas of increasing responsibility and importance to the Organization.
Is Failure Necessary?
Where does Failure fit into the equation? It is the forge that burns away a Leader’s me-first self-regarding nature. It matures him. Without Failure (and lots of it), the man will retain too much of who he was and keep doing what he did, rather than being fully transformed into what a Leader is and consistently do what a Leader does. A man cannot become a Virtuous Leader without the chance to Fail and learn from it.
Take the example of pass praise/take blame:
• A Leader first learns this foundational element of Leadership during his Schooling where it becomes part of his head-knowledge
• During his Apprenticeship the developing Leader watches and helps his master pass praise/ take blame to see what it looks like when applied outside of the sterile classroom
• Finally, when given his Opportunity to Lead, he will put it into practice himself outside of the protective bubble of the Apprenticeship where the Outcome is his sole responsibility
• But it will only be through Failure that the full responsibility for Outcome will crash down upon him
Not until he has failed to properly pass praise/take blame under stress will the developing Leader be an instinctive practitioner of the principle. While the first three building phases of the LDP may teach him everything he needs to know about pass praise/take blame, only Failure will teach him what he needs to feel about it. And it is the feeling that a man needs to be able to do what is necessary instinctively under the circumstances that it is most needed.
Failure forges the intellectual knowing of what must be done into the tangible instinct of doing of it consistently under periods of extreme stress
Read MoreFAILURE:An undesirable Outcome that strengthens the Leadership Foundation. (Q3.16).
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy
- It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.
- Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others. This is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided.
- The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.
Leaders Leading Leaders
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: A Little Boy Asking for a JobA little boy named Tom entered a grocery store, and asked the store-owner if he could use the phone. The store-owner gave him permission. The boy picked up the receiver and punched in a seven digits phone number. The store-owner observed him and listened to the conversation. Tom: “Hello, madam, I am looking for a lawn cutting job. Are you interested in hiring me?” Lady (at the other end of the phone line): “I am sorry, but I already have someone to cut my lawn.” Tom: “Madam, I can do this job for half the price of the person who works for you now.” Woman: “This is a good offer, but I am not interested. I am very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.” Tom: “Madam, I could even sweep your sidewalk and your curb for free. Don’t you want to have the most beautiful lawn in all the neighborhood every Sunday?” Woman: “Thank you, but as I have told you already, I am not interested.” The boy smiled and replaced the receiver. The store owner, who was listening to the conversation, walked over to the boy. Store Owner: “Son…that’s an attitude you should be proud of. I like your positive spirit and I have a job to offer you if you are interested.” Tom: “I thank you but I don’t need one.” Store Owner: “Really? You were just pleading for one.” Boy: “Actually Sir, I was just checking my performance at the job I already have!”