return on investment

Three Reasons to Develop Leaders (Including You)

There’s so many more, but here’s three reasons for pursuing leadership development (not leadership training….but that’s another blog): 1)   People are looking for a guide, not a map

It is so hard to take people where you’ve never been.  And it’s hard to venture into unknown territory.  What if you could make the path easier through a developmental assignment that got someone ready for the next part of the journey?  Could they lead a company project with others before becoming a supervisor?  Could every new employee work in the manufacturing plant their first week on the job, so they know how things get made?  And for you - will you better be able to lead the company or your area into new territory if you’ve invested in learning something new?  Could you find a mentor or a coach to help you develop your skills?  What about being on a board of another company or a non-profit?

2)   I want to be like you, dad…

Yeah – that “Cat’s In The Cradle” song still gets me.  When your son or daughter says that yes – mom – I want to be like you, where does that come from?  We all look up to someone.  I bet that others look up to you.  What are you teaching those around you?  If you keep developing yourself, you’ll always have something new to pass on to others.  And if you encourage those you work with to develop, just think about the multiplication!

3)   Let’s not always do what we’ve always done

It happens to the best of us.  When we’re no longer new at what we do, we’re…well…no longer new.  That means some good things – we know what’s worked and what didn’t work – and we also can run on autopilot in so many areas.  When the world shifts in IT, marketing, sales, operations, engineering, new distribution methods, new business models, how do we question things again?  By putting ourselves, and those around us, into new situations, pairing that with permission to question, and expecting ourselves and others to explain, brings amazing clarity.  There’s nothing like a production teammate working in marketing and asking “what causes us to talk about our products like that when they do so much more?” to make you realize how you missed a few things along the way.

What’s your reasons for encouraging leadership development?  What has made it effective for you?

The R.O.I. Thing

We use the Return on Investment (ROI) calculation to make investment decisions in our personal lives and businesses weekly, but we don’t typically think of ROI relating to our spiritual life.
In fact, a certain amount of dissonance exists between our ears when thinking about, on one hand, competing, building, investing and growing a company in the marketplace and, on the other, what our eulogist will say about our life on the day of our funeral and what eternity will be like in Heaven.
Jesus wants there to be resonance & complete alignment , not dissonance, with these areas of our thinking and within our lives.
If you take Him at His word, literally, as I do, then you have to read Mathew 19:29 to mean that the amount of money we allocate from our business’ profits to (1) loving our neighbors as ourselves (think funding your local Christian homeless shelter/rescue mission), and, (2) making disciples of all nations (think funding missionaries who take the Word to people groups  who have never even heard of Jesus throughout their existence), will yield us a 100x ROI of economic value in Heaven, forever, literally.
I submit that there’s no other way to read and interpret it.  Jesus wired we five talent and ten talent guys and gals to compete, grow and build a business, so that we can fund his Kingdom here on earth. 
If you feel this dissonance, commit a percentage of your profits to Kingdom investing today and see if it changes how you feel Sunday relates to Monday through Friday.  I’ll be curious to hear how your business performs during that period, too.