Monday, October 14, 2019
I am one of ten kids in our family. Five males, five females. And we are all different. We think differently, we choose differently, we talk differently, we think differently … We are different.
And so it is in the social tribes in your life, whether it is family, neighborhoods, work groups, management teams, sales forces, school classrooms, football teams.
Your great opportunity is to somehow find a way to manage each member of your team in an individual way. Find out what their hot buttons are and press them.
I have eight grandkids. I don’t attempt to relate to each one in the same way. I have a different relationship with each one.
Celebrate the uniqueness of your tribe members.
They have a name, needs, and focus in life and they all go in different directions.
P Michael Biggs
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Rub Elbows with Greatness
I believe one of the most essential elements in helping a person define and develop their craft is this … we must rub elbows with greatness. We have to brush up against the greats and hope some of their largeness splashes over onto us.
I had that privilege with a man named Ronn Huff. Ronn was one of the most creatively musical personalities I've ever known. Ronn passed away about a year ago, yet his impact on me continues. I would occasionally call him just to chat, and once, on a business trip to Nashville, two other music directors and I paid Ronn a visit in his home.
I consider some authors to have the same influence. Seth Godin, Og Mandino, Brennan Manning, Max Lucado and others seem to ignite the writing fire within me every time I read their words. I love brushing up against their lives and letting them influence me in fresh and new ways as I re-read their words and highlight new passages that I’ve never highlighted before.
I think this is the reason many people find it beneficial to have a mentor in their lives. They have found some person large in their abilities with whom they identify and have joined together in a mentoring relationship.
One of the great concepts in becoming a productive and progressing person is simply this …
Rub Elbows with Greatness.
P Michael Biggs
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Morning Notes - Looking for Miracles (:47)
It's All About People - Playing with the Lives of Others (2:54)
A Time for Rhyme - Did You Get What You Wanted (6:14)
Internet Church - The God Whose Name Is On the Invitation (7:54)
Monday, September 16, 2019
Playing with the Lives of Others
I hope this title makes you stop and think, as it did me. I got it from a management book published in 1985. The book’s title is 13 Fatal Errors Managers Make and How You Can Avoid them by W. Steven Brown.
I want to focus on this idea for a few minutes.
Whether you are a manager, leader, President, Emperor, King of the World, or husband or wife, if you have even one other person in your life, you need to come to grips with this concept.
In all of the roles listed above, we have an obligation ~ OBLIGATION to gain the necessary knowledge to liberate people to be their best, do their best, and become their best. We have to set people free to discover who they are and what they can become.
We are not lords. We are not ogres. We are not ‘god of the land’. We are simply shepherds, guides and mentors for this moment in time in their lives.
Try and drive your charges and watch them race for the nearest exit.
What if you offered …
~A listening ear
People want to be heard, recognized. Spouses and employees need this. They want to know they matter.
~Eye contact. They want to be seen. If you avoid eye contact, you come across as shifty, mistrustful, and people can spot that attitude in a New York minute.
~A clear understanding of expectations.
Does your spouse know your likes, wants, how you want your t-shirts folded, how you like your bacon cooked?
Do your employees know how you feel about tardiness and how much of a grace period you allow?
We play with the lives of others when we aren’t clear about the critical aspects of a task or a relationship.
Is it okay to ask questions when one does not understand? Is it okay for you and your partner to agree to disagree?
What is your attitude of the critical individuals in your life? Do they know they are cherished, trusted, wanted and believed in?
These are just a few thoughts on this critical topic.
People never want to be manipulated.
People LOVE to be treated with respect, kindness and trust, and they love to be heard!
P Michael Biggs