Today I want to share with my readers and inspirational story of two men I admire. The first is John C. Maxwell. His leadership courses, books, and training have transformed the world. The other is Collin Sewell. He is a fellow Odessan and a beacon of our community. He was featured on the John Maxwell Company’s blog. His story is both inspirational and a shining example of great leadership in a difficult time. Enter Collin:
When I think about The John Maxwell Company I think about what I consider to be the premier leadership company for both head and heart: practical leadership training combined with a genuine love for people.
At Sewell we want to make sure we care about our employees in a way that engenders a family atmosphere. We believe that if we take care of them they will, in turn, take care of their own families and the community. The Sewell family, then, becomes a team of leaders. What could be better?
I don’t think people realize that when times get tough a simple paycheck doesn’t propel someone to put forth extra effort at work. But if they know their company cares for them, the story changes.
“People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
I’ve learned from John Maxwell that, “People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you are care.”
This concept was never more apparent then when we faced hard financial times in 2009. Like the rest of the country we faced tough decisions. We could have pursued lay-offs. But it was important for us to make sure our Sewell family knew how much we cared. The clear choices we faced were: eliminate position or keep your position but receive a pay cut. I don’t care who you are; either decision is a tough one.
But even though we were confronted with such a hard reality, not one team member left.
I think that was a testament to cultivating a caring environment. Our team trusted that things would get better and, they did.
Last year just before Thanksgiving I was able to thank our team for their trust. The same people who took a pay cut in order to stay were now the ones on the receiving end of a “bonus” check.
Times like that galvanize people. Times like that also inspire people to take on responsibility for others. What I saw was a team of leaders—caring for one another, trusting in one another and serving one another.
The John Maxwell Company plays a huge role in our team’s development. John’s training content isn’t just theoretical; it’s practical. Whether attending one of The John Maxwell Company’s workshops or Exchange each year, you leave with an action plan.
The John Maxwell Company inspires each of us to be better leaders. The result? A corporate family worth fighting for. Our mission statement says: Building a better tomorrow. This is only possible when head and heart combine for a truly dynamic leadership environment.
“The John Maxwell Company plays a huge role in our team’s development. John’s training content isn’t just theoretical; it’s practical. Whether attending one of The John Maxwell Company’s workshops or Exchange each year, you leave with an action plan.”
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