Over the last few days, I’ve put a good bit of thought and effort into crafting a series of messages to be very intentional about welcoming someone new that joins this journey with us. One of the things I’m working to do is give them a clear picture of why I take the time to share lessons, often as I’m learning them myself, on a regular basis.
In finishing the audio lesson from my friend Del, he made the simple statement, “Successful people develop others.” He followed with a challenge to think about the people that have had an impact on our lives, giving us reason to say “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for them.” I actually considered pulling off the road to make a note of that thought. Since the road was a bit icy, I opted to turn off the audio and reflect on it until I could record a voice note at the next stop sign. (Thank God for country roads…) John calls that quiet time REFLECTION… I’m still working on that…
I think that Del’s statement hit me so hard because I had just reviewed that Law of Addition, chapter 5 in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, last night. The premise of that chapter is that leaders add value by serving others.
And there lies the real reason I take the time put these messages together. There have been quite a few people that have sown into me over the last 15 years; many of which may never truly realize the impact they’ve had. While this process usually gets between 30 and 45 minutes of my attention each day, time that I usually ask Cindy to spend somewhere other than beside me so I can focus, the feedback I’ve gotten tells me that the juice is absolutely worth the squeeze!
My hope is that I can continue adding value to you through this process. But I don’t make that statement without expecting something in return: I want you to be able to put the things that fit into practice in your own life and pass as many of these lessons as you possibly can along to the people you’re responsible for leading. I don’t mean by sharing a message, although you’re certainly welcome to do that. I mean by providing an example in the life you live!
In closing, I challenge you to think about the people you’re intentionally adding value to by serving them. And don’t forget to reach out to the ones you thought about first when you read the subject line to let them know they’ve added value to you!
Talk with you soon,
P.S. Be watchful over the next few days. We’ll be rolling out some exciting news that was just released regarding the 2017 Live2Lead speaker lineup! (This may just be the best one yet!)