Are you a leader with the WOW factor? When someone thinks of you or talks about your leadership do they have good things to say? Do you wow them as you lead? Do so, and you’ll have more impact.

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  • The must have ingredient if you want to continue to triple your reach as a leader
  • The most important thing you can do to make people feel more valued than ever before.

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Are You Creating the Right Climate So Your Team Can Do More, Be More? Sports records provide tangible evidence of the positive changes that can occur when the right climate has been established.

One Olympic athlete, Parry O’Brien, won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics by throwing a 16 pound shot 57 feet. In 1953 he set a new world record by throwing the shot 59 feet, 3/4 inch.

Experts at the time said O’Brien, the best in the world, might beat his record by a few inches if he practiced, but they were certain that no one would ever be able to break the 60 foot barrier.

Luckily, O’Brien didn’t think like an expert! As an athlete he was determined to continue improving himself. He began experimenting with different styles and invented a new technique for his event, which would become the universal style of putting the shot until the mid1970s.

In 1956 O’Brien won at the Olympics again—not by a few inches, but by a few feet. He also broke the unbreakable barrier by tossing the shot 60 feet, 11 inches.

O’Brien set his final record in 1959 when he threw the shot 63 feet, 4 inches. From that time on, every competitive shot-putter has tossed the shot beyond that length. Today, the record is over 75 feet.

The same is true of the four minute mile. No one, the experts said, would ever be able to run the mile in less than four minutes. Then, in 1954, a young medical student named Roger Bannister did the impossible by breaking that barrier.

Today, every world-class runner can run the mile in less than four minutes.

Why?

Because one man decided to keep improving.

One man decided to pay the price of personal growth.

He was willing to lead. As a result, he created a climate for those achievers who followed him.

Are you the type of leader who is willing to pay the price and create a climate in which your people can follow you and emerge as the leaders of tomorrow?

Let’s find out.

The environment in which you work will influence you and those you lead. Answer the following questions to help determine your organization’s dedication to developing leaders and providing a climate that promotes organizational and personal growth.

QUESTIONS TO ASK CONCERNING ORGANIZATIONAL GROWTH

1. Has the organization made a specific commitment to grow and develop people? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

2. Is the organization willing to spend money to develop employees’ growth? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

3. Is the organization willing to make changes to keep itself and its people growing? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

4. Does the organization support leaders willing to make the difficult decisions necessary for people’s personal growth and the growth of the organization? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

5. Does the organization place an emphasis on production rather than position or title? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

6. Does the organization provide growth opportunities for its people? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

7. Do organizational leaders have vision and share it with their people? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

8.Does the organization think big? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

9. Does the organization promote from within? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

10. Are there other leaders in the organization willing to pay the price of personal sacrifice to ensure their growth and the growth of others? (Seldom, Sometimes, or Usually)

If the majority of the answers to these questions is Seldom or Sometimes, a change is in order.
If the organization is controlled by you, begin changing now.

If you head a department in the organization, then you are in a position to make
positive changes. Do as many things as your organization will allow to create a positive climate for potential leaders.

If you are in a position only to make changes for yourself, try to find someone in the organization who will develop you—or change your job.

Great leaders share themselves and what they have learned with the learners who will become tomorrow’s leaders. A person can impress potential leaders from a distance, but only from up close can he impact them. Great leaders share themselves and what they have learned.

“If you really want to grow your business, you have to grow your people.” –John Maxwell

So, what are you doing to create a climate for potential leaders?

Training and coaching you and your team will help you create a climate for potential leaders so they can be more and do more. Click here for more information now.

Edward Roy had a problem. Let me tell you his story so you can figure out what works when crap hits the fan, then find a solution to your problem. This will help you focus your attention on what you must do, what you ought to do, and what you really need to do to solve your problem…without losing your mind.

Warning: Don’t read this wile you’re eating… You’re welcome.

Edward Roy had problems with poop. He ran a lowly business —Jiff Johns of Pompano Beach, Florida. He had 500 portable toilets for rent. Band concerts, construction sites, church picnics, outdoor gatherings of any size could rent his pottys. But that wasn’t Ed’s problem.

When he started his business in 1982, lots of people in Florida needed a place to be alone when they were caught out in the open. Rentals were up. That was good and bad.

Now he had to figure out what to do with all the sewage…that was the problem.

Many an entrepreneur would have thrown his fists up in the air in exasperation and spent half his profit to have somebody haul off his product’s product. Not Ed. There had to be a better way.

In his search for a solution, he found a solar-heating process that turned sewage in to fertilizer. Then came a masterstroke of marketing. Instead of trying to sell technology directly to local Florida communities, his company expanded and began to operate three $3 million fertilizer plants itself.

With this new arrangement, the company would treat sewage for a fee and convert it into fertilizer, which was, in turn, sold for big hunk of profit. Roy literally turned his problem into a profit.

Gross eh? Not if you consider how Edward Roy turned the stench of his poop problem into a mountain of sweet smelling cash!

Life is difficult. Problems will plague you. But what if you refuse to let all that stuff get the best of you and churn your problem into your advantage like Roy did?

Here are 2 Questions will help you focus your attention on what you must do, what you ought to do, and what you really need to do to solve your problem:

1. Stop Thinking, “Can I?” and Start Thinking, “How Can I?”

At first glance, the questions Can I? and How can I? may appear to be very similar. But the reality is that they are worlds apart in terms of results.

Can I? is a question filled with hesitation and doubt. It’s a question that imposes limitations. If that is the question you regularly ask yourself, you’re undermining your efforts before you even begin. Stop!

How many people could have accomplished much in life but failed to try because they doubted and answered no to the question “Can I?”

When you ask yourself “How can I?” you give yourself a fighting chance to achieve something. The most common reason people don’t overcome the odds is that they don’t challenge themselves enough. They don’t test their limits. They don’t push their capacity enough. How can I? assumes there is a way. You just need to find it.

2. Stop Thinking One Door and Start Thinking many Doors

When it comes to growth, you don’t want to stake your future on one “door.” It may not open! It’s much better to consider many possibilities and look for multiple answers to all of your questions. Think in terms of options.

I made the mistake of thinking I would always speak and train people exclusively in the faith-based community. After serving as a pastor for over 23 years, I wanted to speak at churches and ministry conferences for the rest of my life. But my thinking was all wrong. My thinking was too small. Way too small.

When I stopped thinking one door and started thinking many doors, I found that there were many many more options available for me to add value to others by speaking and teaching all over the globe. By expanding my focus, I now not only speak at faith events and church venues, but too, I spend a lot of my time speaking, training, and coaching people in the business community focusing on leadership and personal growth. And I’m loving it!

As I have learned to think many doors and explore options, here is what I have learned that will help you too:

– There is more than one way to do something successfully.
– The odds of arriving anywhere increase with creativity and adaptability.
– Movement with intentionality creates possibilities.
– Failures and setbacks can be great tools for learning.
– Success is a result of continued action filled with continual adjustments.

The greatest challenge you will ever face is that of expanding your mind. But here’s the good news: If you can change your thinking, you can change your life. And yep, you can turn your poop problem into profits.

Oliver Wendell Holmes remarked, “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” If you want to churn your problems into solutions, ask yourself some different questions.

Take Action:
Name a problem you have______________________________.
Ask: How can I?
Then ask: What are my options?
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What You Need to Know About Getting Along With Anyone

Human Relations…sometimes sucks.

Strong word, huh?

I could have used an expletive…

Let’s be real, it’s not always easy getting along with co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, friends, and even family.

I love this little story of a mother who’s preschooler locked her out of the house and how she spun it with understanding.

Leaving my four-year-old son in the house, I ran out to throw something in the trash. When I tried to open the door to get back inside, it was locked. I knew that insisting that my son open the door would have resulted in an hour-long battle of the wills. So in a sad voice, I said, “Oh, too bad. You just locked yourself in the house.” The door opened immediately.

Since getting along with others is so challenging, allow me to pass on this quote that reminds us what our priorities should be when dealing with other people:

A Short Course in Human Relations:

The least important word: I
The most important word: We
The two most important words: Thank You
The three most important words: All is forgiven.
The four most important words: What is your opinion?
The five most important words: You did a good job.
The six most important words: I want to understand you better.

The moment people know that you care about them, the way they feel about you changes.

Read that again. Here, I’ll help…

Oh, that’s good, admit it! (Go ahead and tweet it, you know you want to.)

Just try this: Next time you’re in a heated argument with someone, stop and say, “Help me understand where you’re coming from with this.” And watch what happens.

They will become softer, and more open to your comments because you’re showing that you care about how they feel about the situation.

Showing others that you care isn’t always easy. Your greatest times and fondest memories will come because of people, but so will your most difficult, hurting, and tragic times.

People are your greatest assets and your greatest liabilities. The challenge is to keep caring about them no matter what.

That’s the right way to treat people. Besides, you never know which people in your sphere of influence are going to rise up and make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

In the end, the ability to understand people is a choice.

It’s true that some people are born with great instincts that enable them to understand how others think and feel. But even if you aren’t instictiely a people person, you can improve your ability to work with others.

Every person is capable of having the ability to understand, motivate, and ultimately influence others. It starts with caring. Get that down and you’ll get along better with everyone you meet.

Pick one person you’re going to try to give understanding to tomorrow. Yeah, test this out – I dare ya!

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How bad do you want to become the best version of yourself? I know you want to go to the next level, but you’re not sure how, right? You want to have better relationships, a richer life, and be a better leader, but you’re stuck not moving forward. I hear ya, and I’m here to help! As a certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Coach, I’ll show you 3 steps to creating a growth plan so you can become the best version of yourself.

Dr. Linda Travelute with John C. Maxwell

Dr. Linda Travelute with her mentor, John C. Maxwell

In this podcast episode, I’ll describe the easiest path to growing yourself personally and professionally so you can do more and be more.

Stick with me till the end of the podcast, as I give away over $700 worth of coaching goodies you may scoop up!

You’ll also hear special mentions of my mentors and favorite personal development books. Insights from Jim Rohn, Darren Hardy, Zig Zigler, Myles Munroe, Brian Tracey. Bishop T.D. Jakes, and of course, John Maxwell. Personal and professional development starts here!

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Ever wonder how some people seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time? Don’t you just want a little of that? If you’re success minded and are looking for the right opportunities, let me show you how to be in the right place at the right time, every time.

What Most Success Gurus Teach You That’s Wrong

You may have attended seminars by people who teach you how to be a self-made success. They’ll teach you about preparing and positioning yourself for that golden moment that will open doors. But they won’t teach you what I’m about to unfold for you.

You may have a plan for your life, you may have a plan for your day, and you may follow your goal planning sheet religiously. But let me rock your self development world and show you how to position yourself for opportunity in a way that will give you an edge over everyone else.

Proverbs 16:9 says,

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”

I have found that I can plan my day, I can plan my year, and I can plan my life all I want, BUT…

At the end of the day…it’s the Lord that determined my steps. 

Opportunities You Can’t Plan:

I know people who have been experiencing huge financial blows and just like that – they bump into someone who gives them a job. A check. A unexpected miracle. Even a new car.

I know someone this past week who was searching for a home to rent, and they met someone in the parking lot who just happened to have a rental home become available the same day.

The home has the right amount of bedrooms for their family, the home is in the right location, close to the school their kids already attend, and the home is in their price range.

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Know what? You can’t plan for that!

That’s not luck. That’s not coincidence. That’s not even due to diligence.

It just happened…but not by chance…By God.

Being in the right place at the right time happens because God makes it happen.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,

He has made everyting beautiful in its time…

But what about preparation?

  • What about training?
  • What about talent?
  • What about discipline?
  • What about education?
  • What about all the things the success guru’s tell us we need to do to make sure our preparation meets opportunity?

Let’s see what the Bible says…

Ecclesiastes 9:11-12:

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.

Notice what Solomon says:
“The fastest runner doesn’t always win.”

This means that the winner is not necessarily the fastest or brightest person. (That takes a little pressure off, huh?)

Solomon also said:
“the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle.”

This means the one who wins the battle is not necessarily the stronger person. (And all the weaklings say, YAY!)

And Solomon also said:
“The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy.”

This means wisdom and skill don’t automatically bring you financial success.

And here’s the best part of all:
“And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”

He’s saying, those who are better, wiser, and stronger don’t always win the war, don’t always win the race, don’t always get the riches, and don’t always get the favor. Don’t always get the opportunities they’ve prepared for so diligently.

Oh snap!!! What about all of your hard work? Hang tight…

Solomon is mapping out a God-development plan for us not a self-development plan.

The ones who are in the right place at the right time are the ones whom God puts in the right place at the right time.

God is the only one who can put you where you need to be at the right moment.

You can try through self-effort to better position yourself for success. You can try working harder. You can try studying more. You can try networking more.

Yes, you might end up being slightly faster, slightly stronger, and more connected with movers and shakers, but only God can put you in the right place at the right time and give you good success.

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Yes, plan. Yes, prepare. Yes, be ready.
But know that it’s really up to God.
When He says it’s time, it’s time.

  • I spent years – decades actually – preparing and training for the things God uses me to do today.
  • I went through four years of Bible College to get my bachelors degree in pastoral theology.
  • I put myself through grad school while working full time as a pastor, with 2 school aged children at home to get my masters degree.
  • And even continued by pursuing my post graduate work and received my ph.d in clinical psychology.
  • Then I became a certified life coach and also a certified temperament analyst.
  • And I have 25 plus years in leadership and ministry training.
  • I’m also a voracious reader of books and personal development materials.

See, I’m not discounting preparation. I’m still preparing because I’m committed to life long learning. It’s important. But know this…

Just because you’re prepared, doesn’t mean the time is right. 

No amount of self effort on your part is going to open the door for you. You have to rely on God to position you and give you the opportunities you need.

And guess what? He will. Because God is interested in your success more than you are. He’s got a plan and you fit into it. He’s making all of heaven come together and your days are lining up perfectly.

Right now, at this moment, he’s orchestrating your steps behind the scenes. You have no idea the things he’s up to right now positioning you for your destined moments.

Jer 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

So what do you do on your end?

You trust. He’ll move. Let his plan give you hope. That’s how you can be in the right place at the right time – every time!

And that too… is fusing faith with personal development. Liked this? Please share.