During a break last night in class (MBA class on developing future leaders) I overheard a couple of students talking. This was their 2nd class with me so we had been working together for almost 10 weeks now. Their conversation was centered around the concept that I say something in each class that they can relate to their personal relationships. They called me over and we chatted briefly about it and then got back to class.
As I have thought more about it, it is really not surprising that this happens. I think we all have a specific “frame” through which we see the world and it helps us organize the data we encounter as well as put context around our experiences. My frame is PEOPLE. I see all that I do through a frame that consists of the following components:
- Serving as a performance catalyst for others (by default this impacts organizations)
- Teaching (I define teaching as “deriving satisfaction from sharing knowledge & experiences to help others achieve their goals”)
- Developing purposeful relationships & adding value to those in my “social convoy”
- Challenging myself and others to seek meaningful opportunities to grow (not change)
These points affect all that I do and how I see the world. Each time I am encounter a situation, these are the opportunities I seek regardless of my position or responsibility. In a men’s group I started several years ago, we were discussing our “jobs” and I shared that as I looked back on my experiences I could see that I had always “done the same thing” regardless of the company I worked for or the title I held. It was always about the people for me.
What has it always been about for you?