Monthly Archives: April 2017

Let Them Fly With You

I want to share a secret with you. It guarantees success in mentoring. Are you ready? Here it is: Never work alone. I know that sounds too simple, but it is truly the secret to developing others. Whenever you do anything that you want to pass along to others, take someone with you.

This isn’t necessarily a natural practice for many of us. The learning model that’s used in America by most people for teaching others was passed down to us from the Greeks. It’s a cognitive “classroom” approach, like the one used by Socrates to teach Plato, and Plato to teach Aristotle.

But that’s not the only model available for developing others. We also have one used by another ancient culture: the Hebrews. Their method was more like on-the-job training. In all the years I’ve been equipping and developing others, I’ve never found a better way to do it than this:

•I do it. First I learn to do the job. I have to understand the why as well as the how, and I try to perfect my craft.

• I do it—and you watch. I demonstrate it while you observe, and during the process, I explain what I’m doing and why.

• You do it—and I watch. I give you permission and authority to take over the job, but I stay with you to offer advice, correction, and encouragement.

•You do it. Once you’re proficient, I step back and let you work alone. The learner is drawn up to a higher level, and the teacher is free to move on to higher things.

—Your Road Map for Success – John Maxwell


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Embrace Commitment

The world has never seen a great leader who lacked commitment. If you want to be an effective leader, you have to be committed. True commitment inspires and attracts people. It shows them that you have conviction. They will believe in you only if you believe in your cause. People buy into the leader, then the vision. What is the true nature of commitment?

Take a look at three observations.

1. Commitment Starts in the Heart: I am told that in the Kentucky Derby, the winning horse effectively runs out of oxygen after the first half mile, and he goes the rest of the way on heart. If you want to make a difference in other people’s lives as a leader, look into your heart to see if you’re really committed.

2. Commitment Is Tested by Action: It’s one thing to talk about commitment. It’s another to do something about it. The only real measure of commitment is action. Arthur Gordon acknowledged, “Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day after day.”

3. Commitment Opens the Door to Achievement: As a leader, you will face plenty of obstacles and opposition—if you don’t already. And there will be times when commitment is the only thing that carries you forward. David McNally commented, “Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down.”

—The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader – John Maxwell


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