Standing on the sidelines

Time for Change - Ornate ClockThere are times in our life where we face challenges.  During these times we have a choice: refuse to embrace it, do nothing, or pretend it never happened.  Either way the outcome depends on how you react to change.   Whatever that is, we cannot blame anyone but ourselves as we consciously made that choice.   It could mean missing an opportunity or making the most of the opportunity.


Every organization goes through peaks and valleys. These periods are mapped to good times and challenging times.   During challenging times, you need to find a way to stay connected with your people.    It is important that you continue to communicate and let people know what is going on.    What is relevant is that management chooses to engage their constituents and initiate a change to move them to the right direction.    Sometimes people view this as fads or the flavor of the month and shrug their shoulders and continue to go about their days.   For others this presents an opportunity to connect and be part of the movement.   Another group will wait and see until the dust settles and just watch the show.


As I ponder on this topic, a quote by Eric Roth comes to mind, “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”


I see changes happening.  I took the time to understand the change and embrace the change.  Care and feeding for employees is an important topic for me.  The launch of a connection site is a start.   Collaborate and connect with others.  I urge everyone to understand what it meant to you.  Do you want to be part of it?  Take action and be part of it.   If you choose not to do anything, please don’t complain and spread the negativity because that does no one any good.   Be vested and make it happen.


I’ll end my post with this quote by Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”    Sometimes you need to step back and change your perspective to see the opportunity.  Use a different lens to enable you to see things differently.    Either way you have the choice.

Does position really matter? Really?

Positional leaders consider themselves leaders because of their position. The reality is a position does not make a leader. According to John Maxwell, leadership is influence, no more no less. A position could give you an indication of authority through hierarchy, but in the end it is your relationship between you and your constituents that matter. Can they trust you? Do they believe in you? Do you inspire them to go the extra mile? A leader is someone who makes other people look good as he/she works with them.
In my 23 years of experience in the industry, I’ve observed many types of leaders. I looked to emulate the good or great ones and at the same time took notes from the ones that I believe I can learn from. I believe that you learn as much from the bad leaders as from the good ones. It is important to discern that you need to touch someone’s heart because you can ask them to take the first step. Leading means serving others. It means going the extra mile to lead others to places that they themselves cannot reach or achieve.

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Lao Tzu

While achieving a certain level of recognition is great, it helps to keep things in perspective that titles carry different weight and mean different things for various institutions. Should you focus on title? Or, should you focus on the value that you can add? It is a difficult question to answer, as the title often is associated with a certain level of compensation. However, it is important to take into consideration that liking what you’re doing is far more important than valuing a title that sounds great. At the end of the day, it is your sense of accomplishment that matters because it is where you achieve the full sense of satisfaction. So, the next time you have a choice between having a cool title or the chance of adding value, choose what your hearts believe in. Ask yourself the question, which one is sustainable? Which one gives you a sense of accomplishment? In the end, you have to be happy with your decision.

Falling back in my old ways

Will with John

Many times in my life I would attend trainings and feel so energized by what I learned couldn’t wait to apply the new things I learned. Very eager to make the most of the new things that I learned to the point that I spent quite some time plotting how to use it and how I could pass what I learn along to the folks on my team.

All goes well for the first week, gaining momentum on the second week, by the third week it looks like I’ll be on track and keep this new experience going for a while. Then it gets really busy at work, challenges come up, wanting to spend more time with my family—before you know it, I’m back in my old ways. Falling off the saddle due to work demand, pressure and other people’s demand of my time. It happens gradually to the point that I don’t even notice that it is happening. The transformation is unwound and you’re back to where you started. Sometime you don’t even realize it until a lot of time goes by.

Last year, in my quest for continuous improvement, I discover John Maxwell Certification. I’ve been a fan of John Maxwell for over 12 years. I’ve read numerous of his books and I thought that this would be the ideal next step. I inquired about the program only to realize that the cost was a bit out of my reach. While I was really eager to move onto the next step, my financial situation did not allow me to incur the cost needed to be part of it. I had to make a conscious decision to save and try again next time. By April of 2013, I was ready and joined on April 12. It is a very important date for me, as I took the first step to improve myself further than I expected on the leadership journey to the next level. Joining JMT meant I will be doing a lot more teaching, which I found to be my passion. I’ve since done numerous mastermind groups and enjoyed them tremendously.
The August certification event is one that I will remember for a long time. I had the opportunity to meet my favorite author John Maxwell and the other instructors. It was a great weekend to have learned from Paul Martinelli, Scott Fay, Melissa West, Ed DeCosta, Christian Simpson, Roddy Galbriath, John Maxwell, Nick Vujicic and Les Brown. We ended the last day with John Maxwell, Nick Vujicic and Les Brown in our line up. I learned a lot from the three-day live event and met a couple of great friends along the way.

Over the next six weeks, I stayed on course and did my masterminds and participated in our accountability partners calls. But then things became complicated as I tried to balance work, life and my passion for teaching. Before I knew it I fell back to my old self because my JOB took all my time. Once I recognized that I was slipping, I started to pick myself up. While it is still challenging, I’m refusing to fall back in my old ways. I’m not saying that the Will prior to JMT Live was bad (I have a good career), but rather with my JMT experience, I came away feeling great about what I learned, the people I met and friends made at JMT. I’m getting back on the saddle and riding this horse until I achieve my goal.

As I reflect on my situation. I acknowledge that my journey is not a straight line. It has its ups and downs and many sharp curves in between. It could be filled with joy or laughter or negative emotions, but I’ll remember that the journey is mine. Mine to enjoy – Mine to decide which way to go at every junction – Mine to live the best way I want. I’ll take all the downs and match it with the good times, and I’ll have faith and keep on moving forward. I hope to launch another 21 Irrefutable Mastermind as well as hoping I can gain some momentum with my Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn Mastermind. For now, I’ll focus my attention on my longer term goal and keep on taking one step at a time toward achieving my goal.