- May 17, 2017
- Posted by: Brent Kelly
- Category: Leadership
As a student and practitioner of Leadership, Personal and Professional Growth and Development for over 20 years, the road that I’ve embarked upon is one of helping organizations, and their people achieve their goals, aspirations, dreams, and desires.
I highlight “organizations” for a particular reason! As one who has served our community in the insurance and risk management arena for the past 20+ years, I’ve had the pleasure of helping literally thousands of people and organizations manage risk. This path as a Trainer and Coach is simply a natural extension of that. It’s helping organizations lead more effectively with the key asset of their business.
So, what is the key component of an organization? According to ALL of the business Leaders I’ve spoken, it’s their PEOPLE.
I often pose these questions to employers:
In your company, what is your most important asset? Answer: our people
Not including “technical and hard skill training”, how much of your budget last year did you dedicate to employee development? The usual answer: little, if anything
What trade-offs are you making?
Today, so many people live their lives as a 5:2 trade off. They trade 5 days of work for 2 days of the weekend. Studies have shown that the day most people look forward to, is Friday, while the day most dreaded is Monday. There’s something wrong with that picture. (There’s 168 hours in a week: after sleep/recreation/travel time/and eating, over 50% of our waking hours are spent at work)
One of my mentors, the world renowned leadership expert, John Maxwell says: “If you love what you do, it is no longer work“. As the world’s foremost authority on the subject of Leadership, John is a multiple time NY Times Best Selling author and worldwide sought after speaker. In his book “Intentional Living” that was released in Oct, 2015, John encourages living life INTENTIONALLY: by design and not by default.
So how do we reverse this trend of feeling likes rats on the wheel of life (often you hear people refer to life as a rat race)? The answer is: by valuing our people and investing in them in a way that few do. By helping people grow individually, helping them learn, helping them understand their importance in the wheel of ever increasing productivity initiatives and ambitions. And for those that may be interpreting this in an improper way, this is NOT about manipulating people for your own selfish desires, it’s about truly and genuinely caring for people and helping THEM to become better.
See, there’s 4 Pillars of Leadership that I subscribe to and you will hear our entire teaching team at Agents of Growth emphasize. I have seen that when these 4 Pillars of Leadership are understood and applied, the entire organization goes to extraordinary heights. As a mentor and coach with Agents of Growth, I take a deeper dive into all four of these areas
Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership
Leadership is Influence, nothing more; nothing less (don’t we all have influence?)
The highest FORM of Leadership is self-leadership
The highest PURPOSE of leadership is adding value to others
So where do you go from here?
The recognition of the problem is the first step. I would encourage employers to do some soul searching. See where their productivity has faltered; see where their employees are maxed. Observe the levels of stress that their people are under.
Then, pursue and engage a professional coach, trainer, or mentor to compliment your organization. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not a train coming at us, unless we do nothing. And regarding this engagement PLEASE be sure that whomever you consider gains a true understanding of your organization’s needs. There is no “one size fits all solution”. While I’ve summarized what seems to be an epidemic trend here, the fact remains that your specific company’s needs are as diverse as the products and services that you offer.
Two things to understand and implement TODAY:
Albert Einstein once said: “The best definition of insanity is doing the same thing, expecting different results” Conducting business without a true concern for your employees well being no longer leads to maximum productivity.
At lastly, and most encouraging, the highly acclaimed Zig Ziglar lived and taught a very simple yet very profound philosophy. “If you help enough people get what THEY want, they will help you get what YOU want”.
We need leaders in the insurance now more than ever. It’s time to stand up and make a difference.
You can start by attending one our weekly free leadership mastermind calls or by registering for our next upcoming webinar. Leadership starts with you. Start your journey today.
I truly hope this serves you well!
COO and Director of Leadership for Agents of Growth
About Jamieson Persse:
Jamie has spent the better part of his professional career in the field of Insurance and Risk Management. He is the former owner of 3 successful agencies, as well as having served in senior level positions with Regional and National companies. As a seasoned insurance business owner and Executive, Jamie has harnessed his 30 years of leadership study and experience toward the development of people and organizations. As a Consultant, Executive Coach, Corporate Trainer, and Speaker, Jamie offers training, workshops, and coaching dedicated to helping individuals and companies reach their desired goals.