What Value Do You Bring To Others?

Social Entrepreneurs reap what they sow.

Often as leaders we can become so focused on furthering our cause or motivating those we’re leading to do something, but one of our responsibilities as leaders is to bring value to those around you. A good leader motivates others to action, but a great leader not only motivates but brings value to those they lead. If you bring value into the lives of others you will find that they want to follow, they will want to reciprocate.

Whenever you give something to someone, usually that person feels a connection to you. This is the law of reciprocity and can basically be summed up by stating the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

However it goes one step further than this. The law states that whatever you do will be returned back to you or you will reap what you sow. In other words, if you want to create success for yourself, help someone else become successful. When your focus is to bring value to the world, you will find that it will bring financial sustainability for your business because it will be authentic and respected.

As Social Entrepreneurs, our mission or core reason for doing what we do should be to add value to the lives of others.What matters in business, whether it is defined as ‘social’ or not, is the value that it adds to society. Google may not be a social enterprise but its innovation has added great value to people’s lives.  Social Entrepreneurs also need to look out as much as they look in. We can help business people in every sector recognise that all companies should be driven to add value as well as make a profit.

What value are you bringing to the world?

Passing On Excellence

The 4 steps to passing on excellence to others.

Knowing how to pass on excellence is a very important skill to have in business but also just as important in family life. We can set a good example of excellence that others can learn from but, I have found, the best way to pass on excellence is to teach it. With both my staff and my children, I have intentionally taught them excellence.

For my staff, the excellence I would pass on, would be having an extremely high level of customer service. We would go above and beyond what was expected of us. This would be in the appearance of the store, the way we treated customers and the additional services we offered customers to make their experience in the store outstanding. I set a culture that nothing was too difficult and we would go to great lengths to make our customers happy.

Last year both of my children won the award for ‘The Pursuit Of Excellence’ for their class’ out of 60 children. Excellence is something I have passed on to my children, it is something I have taught them.  I will show you a simple example through the following 4 steps to passing on excellence:

Step 1 – I do, you watch eg. My son put  together a PowerPoint presentation for school. I asked him if I could show him how to add some special features to make it really interesting. I then showed him how to do a couple special features.

Step 2 – I do, you help eg. I continued to apply a few more special effects but he showed me how he wanted them.

Step 3 – You do, I help eg. He then applied the special effects and I helped him when he needed it.

Step 4 – You do, I watch eg. He did the rest of the special effects and I came back later to look at it. When he proudly showed his older sister the presentation, she said “Good on you, you’re continuing the Enevoldson family tradition”. I found it interesting that she pointed out that the family tradition was excellence.

Now apply these steps to your staff or team so you can pass on excellence. Please do not rush through the steps, it is a process and remember excellence is a habit not an act. This is the way others can have ownership because it gives them time to learn, practice and to develop excellence. Remember, excellence is about them living their best life and to their highest potential too so what a wonderful trait it is to pass on!

Goals Are Our GPS

There is an old Chinese saying: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Goals are the steps that help us acheive our dreams. Think of it like this: our dreams are our destination, our goals are the GPS that gets us there.

A few weeks ago, I went to Brisbane to a meeting. After the meeting, I wanted to go to the other side of Brisbane to stay at my niece’s house. So I put her address into the GPS and then followed the instructions. So easy right…no!

Some new overpasses had just been opened and the GPS didn’t recognise them. It thought I was in a paddock somewhere so needless to say, the instructions were wrong and I ended up lost. I did finally end up getting to my destination but it took a lot longer and, believe me, it was more stressful.

Too many of us treat goal setting the same way. We dream about all the things we want to acheive, our destination, but because we don’t have clear goals, our GPS, we often find ourselves wandering around lost or not even reaching our destination.

Goal setting needs to be more than simply scribbling down some ideas on a piece of paper. Our goals need to be complete and focused with clear steps on how we are going to reach our destination.

When you start your journey, don’t look at how far it is until you get there, take it one step at a time.