What Would Your "Talk" Be?
I’ve been thinking that I need a "talk." I often find myself in situations where I need to publicly "say a few words," whether it be to groups of employees, on mission trips, at church, or at industry gatherings. Perhaps that is a requisite of leadership. I’m not sure.
What would your "talk" be? Would it be about business, or processes, or golfing? Maybe it would be spiritual, or about some other hobby. What I am thinking about is what makes me, me. What has God designed me for? How has he created me to influence?
I’m one of these crazy people that went to the trouble to write my own personal Mission, Vision and Core Values. So I think I can get there pretty quickly. I think it may work along these lines somehow:
People matter. Ooh, that may even be the title: People matter. I suppose I could get creative and call it "People Matters." What do you think? Anyway, I digress.
It may seem at first glance that there are other things to concern ourselves with. Profit, safety, efficiency, giving back. But all of these really should point back to people.
In other words, why should we make a profit? It could be to amass wealth for self or to bless more people. Why should we worry about safety? It could be to have lower insurance premiums or because people’s health is important. Why is efficiency important? It can lead to a healthier bottom line, but it could be that it shows people what success in their position looks like.
My point would be that nothing rewards like making a positive difference in people’s lives.
People can both be influenced and give back in ways that no money nor power ever can. We were put on this earth for relationship, specifically relationship with people. And then I would come up with some great ending and there would be a standing ovation and on and on…
Well, obviously this is a bit raw. I truly am making this up as I go. The point here is this: What is your influence? What are you designed to do? What would your "talk" be?
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