How often have you heard of the importance of embracing the values and “walking the talk” as a leader? It is certainly extremely important. In fact your actions as a leader help the desired culture of the organization or team come alive. It illustrates to people what you are looking for from a values and behaviors perspective.
However, it is more complicated than just modeling the values as a leader. A while back, I had a veteran of the Navy share with me something he learned from his Captain on a submarine during a tour in the Pacific Ocean. He said it was one of the most important leadership lessons that he learned while in the Navy.
Have you ever been on a team where it seemed that nobody wanted to change? Everyone was comfortable proceeding “as is”. This is a major problem, as people that are stuck in the past are a detriment to future growth and improvement.
Living in the past delays progress.
Have you ever had a teacher/leader/coach/parent attempt to give you direction with a painfully long-winded description and when they finish you’re left scratching your head. You proceed to ask for clarification by paraphrasing what you think they meant in a single sentence and they reply with “exactly”…. Well why didn’t they just say that in the first place?
Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly.
I have the great honor to speak at the Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota (HCAM) Conference and Annual Meeting this week. I can’t think of a better group of people to talk to about servant leadership. It will be like “Preaching to the Choir”.
HCAM represents 100 health care auxiliaries in Minnesota totaling in excess of 22,000 persons volunteering in services to hospitals and long-term care facilities. These volunteer services represent statewide more than 1.5 million hours at a total estimated value of $34.2 million on an annual basis.
This week marks the official launch of the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Secret, by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller. Ken and Mark have had a profound impact on my Leadership Point of View so I am very proud to help them promote the launch of the updated edition of this outstanding book on servant leadership.
In The Secret, you will learn about time-tested truths that great leaders know and do. In this updated version they included an appendix with frequently asked leadership questions, as well as an assessment to aid you in your journey towards servant leadership.
I’ve lived in MN for 27 years and I continue to marvel at the variability of our weather. Three days ago it was very hot, with no wind, a perfect lake day. Yesterday, people were in their sweatshirts as it had dropped to the low 60’s with high winds. Today, back in the upper 80’s with a light breeze out of the south. Stick around it will change again tomorrow. It certainly makes for an interesting job for weather forecasters.
Servant leaders are just the opposite of the weather in MN. They are predictable and consistent.
Every so often you meet someone who leaves a lasting impression. I had that experience on Friday when I introduced Ben Utecht, our Alexandria Unity Foundation Luncheon speaker.
Ben, who is married and has three beautiful young girls, played football for the University of MN. He then played for the Indianapolis Colts, winning the Super Bowl in 2006. A couple of seasons later, he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals and suffered his 5th concussion, which caused him to retire from football at 29 years old. He then pursued a career as a singer / songwriter of Christian Music. He has recorded three albums, one of which (“Christmas Hope”) was nominated for the Holiday Album of the Year by the Dove Awards. His recent hit and music video, “You Will Always Be My Girls” has been viewed by over 600,000 people in the last few months.
Today everyone wants things right now. With the evolution of the Internet we can go online and instantly access a myriad of information, as well as shop for virtually anything. We have grown accustomed to fast food, where we simply drive through to instantly get the food we want. We receive tweets that keep us instantly apprised of the weather and breaking news.
When it comes to servant leadership however, there are no shortcuts. You can’t take a pill to instantly become an effective servant leader. We have to put in the time and effort to understand our motivations and hone our skills.
Our Pastor started his sermon this week with this question – Who was your favorite teacher?
This was intriguing, as I did not think back to the easiest, the most lenient, or even the college professor who canceled class more often than not. Instead my mind immediately went to the teacher whom had the greatest impact on my life and helped mold me to the person I am today.
This week a leader that I highly respect asked me why I blog? What a great question.
I blog to provide information to people who are interested in servant leadership. It might be considered a marketing tool, but I can’t say that I have ever received any new business from it. I mainly do it to enhance the value I provide for those people that are interested in learning how to be a more effective servant leader.