5-2-1 #8

Here are 5 smart insights I've learnt, 2 quotes from others, and 1 conversation starter/ question to think about this week.



“Turn “Me” into “We”.”

Its time to get out of our own ego. “We”, not “Me. “Us”, not “I”. “Ours”, not “Mine”. Our jobs as leaders is to pull others into the same direction. People perform at their best when — and only when — they know their Leaders care. By taking a team centered approach to our words “We”, “Us”, “Our”, we are showing our team that we are putting them first.


“Being the first followers is often an under-appreciated form of leadership”

The first follower publicly show everyone else how to follow. It takes gut to be the first follower. You have to stand out. The first follower transform a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is a flint, the first follower is a spark that really makes the fire. 

The second follower is a turning point. It is proof that the first has done well. Now its not a lone nut and not two nuts. 3 is a crowd and a crowd is news. Everyone needs to see not just the leaders but the followers because the followers emulate followers, not leaders.


“I would pay someone to do what I do.”

This sentence make sense in so many ways. Fall in love with what you do so much so that you cannot believe you are actually being paid to do it. That's passion. 

Secondly, pay someone to do what you do if it helps buy you the time for you to be able to do even more. Now, that's commitment, delegation and work smarts all in one.

Third, paying someone to do what you do means your work has real value and leads to real dollars. It means your are doing something that is in demand.


“When meeting CRAP, persist”

CRAP is short for Criticisms, Rejections, Assholes and Pressures. When you meet any of this, learn to persist. Persist in the face of failures, persist in the face of all the negatives energies and your haters. Persist when you know you are on the right path even though the result does not yet show.  

U.S. President Calvin Coolidge once said: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.”


“Leadership is not about title, authority and position.”

Many leaders are surprise that when they exercise their authorities, people don't follow them. Well… here's the truth about the way leadership works in the real world. 

You earn the right to lead other people by the trust you built through the way that you behave and you build trust by repeated behavior over time. If you don't have that, all you are going to create is resistance and resentment from the people you are trying to lead.



“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way” – John Maxwell


“Adopt as your fundamental creed that you will equip yourself for life, not solely for your own benefit but for the benefit of the whole community”. – John Monash


Am I holding on to something I need to let go of?

It's a tough question or you would have already let go long ago. Does not letting go serve you? 

What will it take for you to let go?

Go deep, get asking, then do it. 

I pray that you will find the strength to.

Until next week,
Caleb & Yvonne Megan

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