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HOW TO BE A GOOD LEADER How to be a good leader? I think it is a difficult question. Dr John C. Maxwell has suggested one of the most important methods, `Don`t send your duck to eagle school`, in his following essay. Read it, think over it and state your ideas so that we can learn from each other and draw out the best methods to become good leaders. Don’t Send Your Duck to Eagle School – Dr John C. Maxwell My wife, Margaret, and I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts. When we pass a Krispy Kreme shop, we always look for the red neon “Hot Dough nuts Now” sign that tells potential customers that the doughnuts have just been made and are coming off the assembly line, hot and fresh and deli cious. Although we do not allow ourselves to indulge often, occasionally we can’t help but give in to temptation. If we see the red light on, one of us will say, “It’s a sign from God that we should stop and buy a doughnut!” One evening when we were approaching a Krispy Kreme shop, we could clearly see that the light was not on, but we decided to stop anyway. Much to our delight and surprise, the doughnuts were just coming off the conveyer belt, hot and gooey. “You forgot to turn on the sign to let the customers know the dough nuts are warm and fresh,” I said to the young lady who waited on us. “Oh, I don’t turn that sign on a lot of the time,” she replied. “The moment I do, people come into the store and we get too busy. If I keep the sign off, it’s less hectic.” I was stunned. I wondered, Why would she think like that? At first it didn’t make sense to me. But then, as I thought about it, I realized it was a matter of her position influencing her perception. She was an employee who didn’t want to be inconvenienced. Certainly if the owners had been there, they would have turned the sign on! They wouldn’t be hoping for convenience—they would have the success of the whole business and all of its employees in mind. For more than three decades, I have hosted conferences and written books with the purpose of adding value to people. Experience has taught me a valuable lesson: no matter what I do or how hard I try to help people, not everyone will respond in the same way. Some people will attend a conference and their lives will start to turn around. Others will come and tune out everything I say. Some will change; some won’t. That has always frustrated me. I want everyone to learn, change, grow, and get better! I experienced a “eureka moment” not long ago when I read something by speaker and consultant Jim Rohn. The article brought me great clarity on this issue. He has given me permission to share his words with you: The first rule of management is this: don’t send your ducks to eagle school. Why? Because it won’t work. Good people are found, not changed.They can change themselves, but you can’t change them. If you want good people, you have to find them. If you want motivated people, you have to find them, not motivate them. I picked up a magazine not long ago in New York that had a full-page ad in it for a hotel chain. The first line at the ad read, “We do not teach our people to be nice.” Now that got my attention. The second line said, “We hire nice people.” I thought, “What a clever shortcut!” Motivation is a mystery. Why are some people motivated and some are not? Why does one salesperson see his first prospect at seven in the morning while the other sees his first prospect at eleven in the morning? Why would one start at seven and the other start at eleven? I don’t know. Call it “mysteries of the mind.” I give lectures to a thousand people at a time. One walks out and says, “I’m going to change my life.” Another walks out with a yawn and says, I’ve heard all this stuff before.” Why is that? The wealthy man says to a thousand people, “I read this book, and it started me on the road to wealth.” Guess how many of the thousand go out and get the book? Answer: very few. Isn’t that incredible? Why wouldn’t everyone go get the book? Mysteries of the mind…. To one person, you have to say, “You’d better slow down. You can’t work that many hours, do that many things, go, go, go. You’re going to have a heart attack and die.” And to another person, you have to say, “When are you going to get off the couch?” What is the difference? Why wouldn’t everyone strive to be wealthy and happy? Chalk it up to mysteries of the mind, and don’t waste your time trying to turn ducks into eagles. Hire people who already have the motivation and drive to be eagles and then just let them soar, Jim’s perspective explains why the worker at Krispy Kreme didn’t turn on the sign, and why I was so surprised. While I was thinking about generating income and maximizing profits, she was thinking about avoiding too much work. Three Reasons Not to Send Your Ducks to Eagle School For years my problem was that I believed that if I worked hard and taught the right things, I could turn ducks into eagles. It just doesn’t work. I have to admit, this has been a hard lesson for me. I place a high value on people. I sincerely believe that every person matters. And for years, I believed that anyone could learn just about anything. As a result, I repeatedly tried to send my ducks to eagle school. Here why I no longer do that. 1. If You Send Ducks to Eagle School, You Will Frustrate the Ducks Let’s face it. Ducks are not supposed to be eagles—nor do they want to become eagles. Who they are is who they should be. Ducks have their strengths and should be appreciated for them. They’re excellent swimmers. They are capable of working together in an amazing display of teamwork and travel long distances together. Ask an eagle to swim or to migrate thousands of miles, and it’s going to be in trouble. Leadership is all about placing people in the right place so they can be successful. As a leader, you need to know and value your people for who they are and let them work according to their strengths. There’s nothing wrong with ducks. Just don’t ask them to soar or hunt from a high altitude. It’s not what they do. Author, pastor, and Dallas Theological Seminary chancellor Charles Swindoll illustrates this principle in his book Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life when he writes, Once upon a time, the animals decided they should do something meaningful to meet the problems of the new world. So they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easier to administer, all the animals took all the subjects. The duck was excellent in swimming. In fact, he was better than his instructor was! However, he made only passing grades in flying, and was very poor in running. Since he was so slow in running, he had to drop swimming and stay after school to practice running. This caused his webbed feet to be badly worn so he became only average in swimming. But ‘average’ was quite acceptable, therefore nobody worried about it—- except the duck. The rabbit started at the top of his class in running, but developed a nervous twitch in his leg muscles because he had so much makeup work to do in swimming. The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but he encountered constant frustration in flying class because his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He developed “charley horses” front overexertion, so he only got a “C” in climbing and a “D” in running. The eagle was a problem child and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist. In climbing classes, he beat all the others to the top, but insisted on using his own way of getting there! All people have strengths they can use to contribute. In The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, I teach The Law of the Niche, which says, All players have a place where they add the most value.” Successful people have discovered their niche. Successful leaders help their people discover theirs. As a leader, you should always challenge people to move out of their comfort zone, but never out of their strength zone. If people are moved out of their strength zone, they soon won’t be in any kind of zone—comfort, strength, or effectiveness. 2. If You Send Ducks to Eagle School, You Will Frustrate the Eagles ... - tailieumienphi.vn
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