The other day, I ran into a friend from high school. After our initial pleasantries and greetings, my friend started to talk about our “good ol’ high school days.”
A few minutes into our chat, I tried to turn the conversation to what was going on in his life now. But he repeatedly turned the focus back to what happened in high school and was uninterested in talking about the present or the future.
As leaders, it is crucial for us to lift the “lid” off our personal growth. And, it is also important that we guide and facilitate the growth of our people.
Recently, I’ve been writing about the ON/IN principle that encourages us to…
– Bobby Albert
So, what is working ON, not just IN, the business? It involves a three-part strategy:
- Grow yourself
- Grow your people
- Grow your business
Every leader can achieve significant results by growing their people.
Do you want to grow your business? Do you want to achieve successful results that you have never seen before?
Once you have committed first to grow YOU, it is time for you, as the leader, to grow your people.
People, in general, are so preoccupied with the busyness of life and are often satisfied with the memories of the past (like my high school buddy). When they get stuck in the rut of the status quo, it limits their expectations of change and a better future.
Their thinking can become too small or narrow in scope. They often see only one solution or no solution to grow their career or a business or make quality improvements.
They have limited their exposure to new ideas by associating with the same people, doing the same thing, and repeating the same experiences, over and over.
They don’t see themselves in a larger way, beyond where they are now, nor reaching the next level.
– John Maxwell
Because many people will not grow on their own, if you don’t intentionally grow your people, you will experience a “lid” on your business growth.
If you are willing to invest in and grow your people, you will experience significant results. But, it will require discipline in you and your organization.
– Bobby Albert
How do you grow your people?
Your employees need to see you, as the leader, actively investing in personal growth not only for yourself but for them as well.
They need a leader who will intentionally grow and stretch them.
Think about it… if you do not invest in yourself, who will? Well… if you don’t invest in your people’s personal growth, who will?
As the years have gone by, I have found many of my high school and college friends stopped advancing in life and work. They have found themselves doing the same thing, with the same people, with the same life and work for all these years.
Once they finished high school or college, they were “finished” with personal growth, and therefore, there was a “lid” on their life and work. They lacked the discipline to pursue personal growth.
As the leader of your organization, I don’t want that for you, and I want to encourage you to adopt the ON/IN principle. So, let’s get started!
Oh, by the way, devoting time and resources to grow your team will improve the engagement of your people – which will positively impact your entire organization! According to Culture Amp, one of the top three drivers for employee engagement in 2018 is “learning and development.”¹
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Footnotes: 1. https://blog.cultureamp.com/how-to-improve-employee-engagement