From making $6.50 on the frontlines to running the company and a few others, here are a few lessons that I have learned along the way… gunnar

Clarity is the antidote to anxiety
Without vision, people perish
Without leadership, there is chaos

Be accessible

Become a storyteller – Can you tell the stories of those you encountered each day? If not… then, are you really engaged in those you serve or lead?

Be an example – do I make people want to work here by how I treat them?

Be a student – surround yourself with people who have been there, articles that teach you about there, and books that will help lead you there.

An idea is no good if it is not implemented

Who’s at your side? – surround yourself with the right people both professionally and personally. Community is critical to provide balance in your life. it is a safety net to ensure that your job does not end up defining you, but who you are… defines your job.

I’m no better than you – we all have a roll. it’s an (x amount of people in your company) three legged race.

You reap what you sow – what are you sowing into the employees lives and those around you? People matter, make sure they know it, and i’m not talking about money here either.

Be consistent

Be sensitive to the needs of others

Don’t fear authenticity – be yourself

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Health – to maintain optimum performance ability, seeking a healthy lifestyle and getting proper rest is crucial. In doing this, it will provide proper balance as well as enable you to enjoy increased energy and a higher ability to focus. (I’m still trying to work on this one… 🙂

IMPORTANT ONE**** FAMILY – How much do you have left in the “tank” at the end of the day? anything less than 51% is a problem.

IMPORTANT ONE**** A. Have God in your life B. Have God’s word in your life C. Have God’s people in your life

Be a cheerful giver. How are you called and are you acting on this call to make a difference in the lives of the least of these and those around you?

It’s not about me

I look forward to the day when I have mastered each of these. But, the truth of the matter is that we fall down and we get up. Just as long as we never fail to stop learning from each experience we face each day. There are stories out there for all the world to see. In those stories is a lesson. What part of those lessons will be used to help mold and define you?

In other words… what did Mt. Rushmore look like before? It was just a mountain with no faces. (Although, some might say it was a beautiful mountain. But, you get my point.)

What important lessons have you learned over the years that have helped define who you are today?