Character and the Mental Fitness Challenge

Here is a testimony of how the Mental Fitness Challenge has made a difference in this young man’s life.  I am so proud of Brad doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason!

I just wanted to let you know the other day I had a great opportunity to demonstrate character,  I was collecting the money for a bill with this new kid who’s 18 and the lady gave me $40 more, I told her she over paid and gave her the extra money, then as we were walking out to the van the new kid told me we could have had free lunch money! I told him my character is worth way more then $40.  I told him if you’re willing to steal a little it gets easier to take a lot.  I feel like the mental fitness challenge is helping me because in my past I would have probably taken the money thinking it was their fault for not counting right. Hopefully I made a difference in his life!  Brad.

God Bless and Lead On,

PDCA Cycle Post 3, Mentoring Leadership Life Coaching, Plan Do Check Adjust.

One of the advantages of developing and following a proper PDCA cycle is the ability to learn and acquire wisdom.  There is an old cliché that says, “experience is the best teacher.”  I don’t agree with that at all.  I believe “evaluated experience is the best teacher.”  It does no good to have experiences without learning.  That “old cliché” assumes that the only thing needed to have experience is age.  Sadly, most live their lives in such a way that they aren’t really learning.  They’re repeating.  How many of you know people in your own life that are getting older, but are not getting any better?  Experience doesn’t always come with age, sometimes age comes alone.  John Foster Dulles, former Secretary of State said, “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.”

Quitters,  Campers and Climbers.  Great article by ORRIN WOODWARD, Mentor, Leadership Guru, Coach, and Author that talks about PDCA and how to use it on your journey in LIFE.

Wisdom requires that we arrange what we observe and know, and create meaning from it; it also requires that we consider what we need to unlearn as well.  American essayist Norman Cousins wrote, “Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.”  Throughout my leadership walk I have discovered that wisdom is about the thinking through of thoughts, behaviors, and actions while at the same time, being able to see their relationships.  It is seeing how things are connected.  Understanding how everything is connected is a daunting task, but it shouldn’t cause indecision. We still have to function.  Professors Pfeffer and Sutton suggest in their book “Hard Facts” that “we must travel through life with an attitude of wisdom.  That attitude is described as the ability to act with knowledge while doubting what you know.  This attitude enables people to act on what they already know while at the same time doubting what they know. It means they can do things now, as well as keep learning along the way.  It implies a certain degree of humility to make it work.  You really have to be able to get out of your own way.  The best leaders never believe they “arrive” in any area, but they always strive to improve.  We should never expect perfection, but we should continually expect better!

Lead On.

PDCA Cycle Post 2, Mentoring Leadership Life Coaching

The next step in the Plan, Do, Check, Adjust cycle is to find mentors in the areas of life where you aspire to be better. I am not suggesting that you lose your uniqueness though. Many times, what attracts us to people we would like to have as mentors, is what they have done and who they are.  In other words they are unique. Never be a cheap copy of a great original.  However, with that warning, you will never grow to your full potential without a great mentor or mentors!  If you pattern your habits and actions after people with the results you want, guess what will happen to you?  You will have achieved what they have achieved.  Their experience, insight, and wisdom provide guidance through the PDCA growth cycle.   Mentors provide missing pieces to the puzzle you probably don’t have the experience or insight to discover on your own.

For a great Video on Mentorship check out this video by ORRIN WOODWARD, Leadership Guru, Mentor, LIFE Coach.

The secret to having a great mentoring experience lies in your ability to formulate and ask great questions.  Don’t go to your mentor and expect them to give you a golden nugget unless you are mining the gold in them first.  Mining the gold, means, to come prepared.  I see people make this mistake because they expect their mentor to “read their mind” and somehow solve all their problems.  That is not mentoring, that is magic!  Remember the relationship principle of “you will get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.”  This principle applies to the people you are leading, and, applies to the people you are following. You will get the best from your mentors when you give the best of yourself first.  Giving your best means, coming prepared for a mentoring session.  Whether it is doing what your mentor told you to do at a previous session or coming prepared with detailed questions to ask, there should never be a shortage of principles or practices to discuss and learn.  One of the best ways to learn, is, to teach and do.  By pouring his or her life into you through mentoring, the mentor grows as well.  Think about it this way: if you stretch your mentor’s learning capacity, they will want to give you their best, and, have more mentoring sessions. This is a win-win relationship.  Start your session by saying, “this is what you said, this is what I did, did I do it right, and can I ask you more questions.”  Those 4 simple statements set the stage for a great PDCA learning experience.  Now find a mentor and get to work.

Lead On.

Coming Soon

Mr. Terry Franks will soon be posting inspired leadership knowledge.  Mr. Franks has been developing his own leadership skills and those of other men and women that he mentors for over twenty years.  Mr. Franks councils with the top leadership guru’s Claude Hamilton and number seven leadership guru Orrin Woodward.