Be All You Can Be!

Be All You Can Be!While I have a huge appreciate for the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, this IS NOT a recruitment message; at least not for that…

I had the opportunity today to provide some tools for a small, but growing, company’s executive team that will help them develop stronger client relationships, accurately determine the factors that motivate their individual team members, and develop a culture that attracts top talent. Going into the session, they had each completed a DISC Personality Profile assessment. Since I was fairly sure each of them already knew how to read, we never opened their printed assessments. We spent two full hours discussing how they could use the information in their assessments to quickly identify the primary behavioral and communication styles of each person they interact with on a daily basis, and tailor their message to what that person is most likely to relate to and understand. I’ve done a few dozen sessions similar to this one, but from what I could tell, this session hit home more than any other to date! That’s always a rewarding feeling. But being able to deliver in that session didn’t just happen when I paid for the license to use the material! That was when the real work started!

In the final chapter of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, The Law of Contribution, John says that it’s his hope to “inspire you to be all you can be so you can help others be all they can be.” So I guess this is something of a recruitment message…

As Cindy and I have invested a small fortune on licensing and certifications in the last few years, we’ve invested even more time and energy. And to be quite honest, we’ve gained tremendous benefits just from the personal growth that happened in us. I would, however, be telling you just part of the truth if I stopped there. We both are very passionate about helping the people we care about and work with them to be all they can be too, and that couldn’t happen unless we were willing to work extremely hard on our own growth first.

On the first page of this same chapter, John says that “the confidence I gained from personal growth gave me credibility and made me believe I could start developing others.”

What are the areas of your life that you’ve worked hard to improve? How can you turn that growth into a contribution to the people you lead? And if you’re already doing that, what steps can you take to keep growing so you can make an even bigger impact? The process of growing more to give more is what John calls being a river, not a reservoir. He says “as long as you are dedicated to personal growth, you will never experience scarcity and will always have much to give.”