We have returned from Colombus, the site of the Life winter major convention. I want to take some time and recognize the accomplishments of 2 great leaders. The Spiewaks and the Hatchers. The Spiewaks and their team completed the sweep of all the top guns. The Hatchers and their team completed an amazing 23 month round table run. Both leaders have many strengths that their team can learn from.
Holger and I used to work for the same manufacturing company. Holger, who is originally from Germany, showed up at work with a 1970 something car that was as big as a boat. After taking my trip to Europe, I can see why he had such a fascination with big cars. They don’t exist in Europe nor would they fit! Even though that car was a little out of place (say this line like Thurston Howell from Gilligan’s Island) for corporate america darling, Holger didn’t care and he was always willing to walk to the beat of his own drum. Little did I know how much that trait would benifit him later on when I approached him with some crazy business idea. Holger signed up with the Team and immediately he was 100% in and doing what it takes to make the business work. At the time the only meetings were two and half hours from his house. He never questioned it or complained about it. He said “if this is what it takes to become great, then I will pay that price”. I was just getting started myself so I didn’t realize that this kind of commitment was not normal. I thought everyone would be like that. Holger’s loyalty to the TEAM and his team is legendary and is one of the key ingredients that makes his group of leaders such a dominate force. Congrats to one of my best friends and a phenomenal leader.
Roy and I met in the normal process of building a community of leaders. One of our team members contacted him and we went to show him the idea. The lady that contacted them was worried because they had tried everything and they probably wont be interested. To me that meant the exact opposite. They just hadn’t found the right tool.Yet! As soon as I left their house I knew I had a potential rock star. They came out of the gates running. The next meeting we had lined up they already had someone there to see the business plan. They came out of the gates running and continued running even when things weren’t going to plan. The Hatchers are fanatical about game planning and understanding where they are at and what they need to do next. They know everything about every spot in their business and therefore it is easy to P.D.C.A. with them. They have great attitudes and are always willing to be counseled on the areas that they need to grow in. Roy has been through many trials and tribulations and could easily use all of them as excuses to why he shouldn’t be a success. He has chosen to use them as reasons why he should be successful. This couple is doing what it takes to be a PC couple. Congrats on your first big victory.
I found a quote that is the opposite of both of these leaders.
Excuses are the nails which build the house of failure. Don Wilder
What kind of house are you building?