Category: Leadership Experience

How Will You Grow?

As you seek to learn and grow as a leader, let me give you some advice about improve urselfhow to approach the process. After more than three decades of dedi­cated, continual effort to learn and grow, I offer the following suggestions:

Invest in Yourself First

Most leaders want to grow their business or organization. What is the thing more than any other that will determine the growth of that organization? The growth of the people in the organization. And what determines the people’s growth? The growth of the leader! As long as people are following you, they will be able to go only as far as you go. If you’re not growing, they won’t be growing either that or they will leave and go somewhere else where they can grow.

Investing in yourself first may look selfish to some of the people around you. They may even criticize you for it. But if they do, they don’t really understand how growth works. When airline  flight attendants explaining emergency procedures tell passengers to put their own oxygen mask on first before putting masks on their children, is that instruction selfish? Of course not! The children’s safety and well-being is dependent upon their parent being able to help them. As a leader, you are responsible for your people. They are depending on you! If you’re in no shape to lead well, where does that leave them?
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We All Experience More Than We Understand

Baseball player Earl Wilson, the first black pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, experience understandquipped, “Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” Let’s face it: we’re going to make mistakes. Too much hap­pens to us in life for us to be able to understand all of it. Our experience overwhelms our understanding. And no matter how smart we are, our understanding will never catch up with our experience.

So what is a person to do? Make the most of what we can understand. Some people do that in two ways. First, at the end of each day they try to remember to ask themselves, “What did I learn today?” That prompts me to “review the page” of my notebook for the day. The second thing they do is take the last week of every year to spend time reviewing the previous twelve months. They reflect on their experiences—successes and failures, goals accomplished and dreams unmet, the relationships that built and the ones that lost. In this way, you will be able try to help close some of the gap between what  is experience and what is understand.
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How Will Experience Mark You?

We all begin our lives as empty notebooks. Every day we have an opportunity to record new experiences on our pages. With the turning of each page, we gain more knowledge and understanding. Ideally, as we progress our notebook becomes filled with notations and observations. The problem is that not all people make the best use of their notebooks.

Some people seem to leave the notebook closed most of their lives. They rarely jot down anything at all. Others fill their pages, but they never take the time to reflect on them and gain greater wisdom and understanding. But a few not= only make a record of what they experience; they linger over it and ponder its meaning. They reread what is written and reflect on it. Reflection turns experience into insight, so they not only live the experience but learn from it. They understand that time is on their side if they use their notebook as a learning tool, not just as a calen­dar. They have come to understand a secret. Experience teaches nothing, but evaluated experience teaches everything. Continue reading “How Will Experience Mark You?”

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