No moving stories this week. Instead, I’d like to share the simple yet amazing results that come from applying the tools we teach. One of my favorite clients invited me to teach Project Management a couple weeks ago as part of his organization’s open enrollment education program. He and another colleague attended from the same division. I received an email from him two days later that included this excerpt:
[My co-worker] mind-mapped his Behavioral Based Safety Training, and used that to fill out his Project Plan on Microsoft Project. He filled out several of the other tools as well, and when he was finished he showed the whole thing to our boss (VP of Human Resources). Our boss was very impressed, and [my co-worker] made sure to tell him that all of it came from your workshop.
Of course, our goal isn’t just to impress the boss. Our mission is to “enable greatness in people and organizations everywhere” But that’s exactly what happened. In the very first few hours after attending this workshop, someone went back and ernestly applied the tools to his world. And it’s making all the difference! Greatness is being unleashed.
One of my favorite quotes that I often use to close my programs comes from George Washington Carver. He said, “When common people do common things uncommonly well, they command the attention of the world.” Doing the common things, uncommonly well.
Principles are common. Their practice is not.
When you and I practice basic principles of effectiveness, we indeed command the attention of the world around us and inspire others to enable their own greatness. People take note. It inspires trust in you and in the principles you employ.
Here’s a challenge for you. Dust off the most recent participant manual you received in a personal development workshop. It doesn’t matter to me whether it was a FranklinCovey workshop, who sponsored it, or what subject you covered. As long as it’s still relevant to your work, pick one thing from that workshop that you know will make your life easier (just ONE) and apply it today. Apply it all week long. Apply it for the next month. Chances are people will notice. Chances are you will “command the attention of the world.”
Then, come back here and tell us about it!
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