Best selling author Orrin Woodward along side the Policy Counsel leaders got recognized last year for developing The LIFE business powered the LIFE training system.
They recently celebrated the first year anniversary. But what I really think Orrin has done is package a gift that any of us could choose to give. It’s a leadership model that has developed a service first attitude. They call it ‘Compensated Communities’. In this model we get to work in teams to help develop communities where the qualities of leadership are developed. This is what the Team calls Power Player.
Any business that grows and gains momentum eventually gets to a tipping point where it is name recognized. This is happening right now. For example, I left on a flight to Minnesota last Friday. Although the book ‘Leadershift’ is scheduled for release in April it was already listed eight on the Barnes and Noble top ten list. By the time I took a break from the first half of my meeting that same evening in Minneapolis, the book had climbed to the number one position. Is this an indicator of the hunger for a leadership model like this? Wouldn’t it be great to have a model that develops qualities in ourselves like loyalty, faithfulness, integrity, competency, and vision? By developing those qualities in ourselves, we would be more likely to recognize those special qualities in others. What a phenomenal business that has the potential to develop those qualities in others and do it systematically, similar to a turn - key approach or franchise model?
Have you thought about what the LIFE business offers?
In the best selling book ‘How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People’, Les Giblin says profoundly, “Every normal human being wants success and happiness.” Testimony after testimony from those involved in the LIFE business describe what they have learned. One comment that constantly surfaces is getting along with other people. The art of human relations comes to the top of the list when it goes to measuring success and happiness. Giblin sites a study by the Carnegie Institute of Technology where they analyzed the records of 10,000 people. They arrived at the conclusion that 85% of success is due to the ability to deal with other people successfully. Last but not least, Giblin writes that our Declaration of Independence places the real worth of an individual as a gift of God, rather than what individuals have made themselves. Our Creator has endowed people with innate worth. What if we could identify those special qualities in people and then provide an opportunity to appreciate (develop a greater value) themselves? Author Greg Ogden writes, “A servant leader finds joy in empowering and equipping others so they can experience the fulfillment of their God – given contribution.” To those who think that motives originating from giving sound foolish, perhaps they don’t understand it because their own motives don’t come from giving.
Giving is a paradox in a world of take, take, take, and a what’s in it for me attitude. The natural tendency for people is more toward a self - centered focus. The first step to accomplish a giving attitude is to develop a win – win partnership. This requires growing the relationship into one of interdependency and accountability to each other. This is where the Team has developed the ‘Power Player’ program. It’s not that easy according to political communications specialist Roderick Hunt who says’ “Television as a medium creates a false sense of companionship, making people feel intimate, informed, clever, busy, and important. The result is that we as viewers feel engaged in community without the effort of actually being engaged.” The social distrust we are witnessing in our country may be partially in reflection of the social mores. One survey found that 77% of the nation felt worse off because of lack of involvement in community activities. Another found that ¾ of the U.S workforce said that the breakdown of community and selfishness were serious problems in America. Robert Putnam in his best selling book, ‘Bowling Alone’ wrote, “The ebbing community over the last several decades has been silent and deceptive.”
Could it be that a ‘Leadershift’ is happening just in time to restore western civilizations loss of community?
The next time you are out in public, do the one thing necessary to break the ice. Smile! It might be a small thing to pay forward but it might just be the thing to break the ice. I'm grateful that I met Orrin Woodward years ago and fell in with a leadership group where I began to crack the hard shell around me.