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Applying the Law of Process:
What is your personal plan for growth?
Many people have a vague intention to grow, not a specific plan. Write out a plan. The plan might include things such as read one book a month, listen to at least one CD, tape, or streaming message a week, or attend one conference a year. You will want to select the materials in advance, set aside time for growth on your calendar, and start immediately. If developing a plan from scratch seems difficult, you may want to read another book by Maxwell entitled Today Matters. It contains Dr. Maxwell’s personal growth plan.
What can you do to provide opportunities for growth for those who follow you? One thing that separates great leaders from good leaders is the way they invest in those who follow them. Just as you need a growth plan to improve, so do those who work for you. You can take groups of employees through books, bring in trainers, mentor people one on one – anything that works.
How can you create a culture of growth in your current organization?
If you are the leader of a business, an organization, or a department, you can create a culture of growth. When people in your sphere of influence know that personal growth and leadership development are valued, resourced, and rewarded, then growth will explode. And…the environment you created will begin attracting high achievers and people with great potential.
Applying the Law of Influence:
Do you make it a regular practice to reflect on your positive and negative experiences? If not, you will miss the potential lessons they have to offer. Do one of two things: Set aside a time to reflect every week, examining your calendar or journal to jog your memory. Or…build reflection time into your schedule immediately after every major success or failure. In either case write down what you learn during the discovery process.
Navigating leaders do their homework. For some project or major task that you are currently responsible for, draw on your past experience, hold intentional conversations with experts and team members to gather information, and examine current conditions that could impact the success of your endeavor. Only after taking these steps should you create your plan of action.
Which way do you naturally lean – toward facts or faith? Rarely is a leader especially talented in both areas. Yet, good navigators must be able to do both. To successfully practice the Law of Navigation, you must know your own bent. If you’re not sure, ask trusted friends and colleagues. Then make sure you have someone with the opposite bent on your team so that you can work together
Maxwell, J. C. (2007). The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc. ISBN ***.