I could never accurately assess the true value of each individual who plays a supporting role in our team at Building Champions. So instead, I want to share with you how three people behind the scenes had an impact on people hundreds of miles away.
Recently, I travelled to Texas to speak with a group of business professionals about the Core Four: Life Planning, Business Vision, Business Planning, and Priority Management. As always, there were people in attendance who had never experienced the value of these four powerful tools in their life or business. It was my pleasure to stand there and deliver the message and the material, but I wasn’t the only one involved in making it happen.
Weeks before the event, my Assistant Coach Kristin had been working diligently to schedule my travel, communicate logistics with my client, and prepare supporting material for the event. Rob in sales worked with the client in advance to iron out the details of the contract and to ensure that the commitment was clearly understood.
Everything came off without a hitch… not because I am such a master at planning and executing such an event, but because I had help.
As I was teaching the group about the power of using every available resource to live a more productive life, my client raised his hand. With a puzzled look on his face, he said:
“I know this may be off subject… but how did you do that?”
“How did I do what?”
“How did you send out the blog post that I just received on my phone?”
I smiled as I said, “I’m just that fast.”
“No, really how did you do that?”
I replied, “The truth is that I didn’t do it. Jessica did. You see, all I have to do is to write the article, send it to Jessica, and she takes it from there. Your question is not off subject… it is exactly what we are talking about.”
My client’s “interruption” effectively proved my point about productivity. No man (or woman) is an island. We can all benefit from help from someone else. If you think you have to do it all yourself, you will probably never get it done.
I have people like Kristin, Rob, and Jessica whose contributions enable me to do more and to go further than I ever could alone. If you take a look around, you will likely see committed people like them in your own life and on your team – people whose skills and talents are complimentary to yours. If not, it could be that you need to reevaluate your team structure or culture.
If you do have this kind of support, don’t neglect it. Tell your assistant, your business partner, your accountant, and anyone else who makes things happen how much you appreciate them.
Today, I’m choosing to use this blog to express my thanks.