Tribes by Seth Godin

In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.

Since it was first published almost a decade ago, Seth Godin’s visionary book has helped tens of thousands of leaders turn a scattering of followers into a loyal tribe. If you need to rally fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers around an idea, this book will demystify the process.

It is human nature to seek out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads).  Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. Social media gives anyone who wants to make a difference the tools to do so.

With his signature wit and storytelling flair, Godin presents the three steps to building a tribe: the desire to change things, the ability to connect a tribe, and the willingness to lead.

If you think leadership is for other people, think again—leaders come in surprising packages. Consider Joel Spolsky and his international tribe of scary-smart software engineers. Or Gary Vaynerhuck, a wine expert with a devoted following of enthusiasts. Chris Sharma led a tribe of rock climbers up impossible cliff faces, while Mich Mathews, a VP at Microsoft, ran her internal tribe of marketers from her cube in Seattle.

Tribes will make you think—really think—about the opportunities to mobilize an audience that are already at your fingertips. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you think.

The Servant – James C. Hunter

The concept of servant leadership has always captivated. I’ve seen many liters in my life some of which have been absolutely horrific and how they lead.   they are dictators they are angry they do not think about the result of their actions to those that they lead at least that’s what it seems. but a servant leader those who I’ve been able to watch always consider what’s best for those in their care

As I finished my degree I was required to read the book The Servant by James C Hunter.  It was one of those books that I did not want to put down as it spoke to my soul about the real characteristics of a true leader, someone that doesn’t just mandate they influence and inspire.

In this absorbing tale, you watch the timeless principles of servant leadership unfold through the story of John Daily, a businessman whose outwardly successful life is spiraling out of control. He is failing miserably in each of his leadership roles as boss, husband, father, and coach. To get his life back on track, he reluctantly attends a week-long leadership retreat at a remote Benedictine monastery.

To John’s surprise, the monk leading the seminar is a former business executive and Wall Street legend. Taking John under his wing, the monk guides him to a realization that is simple yet profound: The true foundation of leadership is not power, but authority, which is built upon relationships, love, service, and sacrifice.

I agree with Hunter 100% when he writes, “The role of the leader is a very high calling.” And remember: whether you lead a corporation, team, troop, department, or family, you are a leader. The Servant offers terrific insights for going beyond average to truly fulfill a meaningful, purposeful leadership role, no matter what that role might be.

Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit

On November 6th, from 9 am to 2 pm we will gather at Dallas Retirement Village to grow as business and community leaders. Please join us for the first Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit.

What will the Summit entail?

We invite all leaders and their teams from the Mid-Willamette Valley to come learn how to implement proven methods for growing as a community of understanding.

Tickets are $77 per person.

What community doesn’t need better communication and more revenue?

We sense an urgency for increasing our region’s capacity to build relationships and increase the collective efficacy of the regional community. With that in mind, we are fulfilling our role as a community catalyst by launching the very first Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit.

We will gather on November 6th, 2018, at Dallas Retirement Village, for discussion of how we as business and community leaders, can lead from the front to become a community of outward thinkers and community of understanding. Along with our capacity to work together. We will share some out of the box ways to increase revenue.

We’ll learn about having an outward mindset by an organization that has a proven method to change lives and transform organizations.

In the afternoon session, we’ll hear from a procurement specialist who will share secrets to attaining contracts to increase your business revenue.

 

Agenda:

November 6, 2018

8:30-9 Check in

9-11:45 Arbinger Institute “The Outward Mindset” –  Arbinger makes the connection between behavior, mindset, and results. They will share proven work that equips people to understand and effect change at the level of mindset to change an organization’s culture, resolve conflict, and facilitate dramatically better organizational results.

11:45-12:30 Lunch (Included in your ticket)

12:30-2 Procurement – How can your business gain resources and contracts for growth?

  • Secretary of State Small Business Advocacy Team – structuring your business, business information and assistance cutting through red tape
  • Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity – the beneftis to becoming certified with the State of Oregon as a women-owned, minority-owned, service-disabled Veteran owned, or emerging small business.
  • Department of Administrative Services – the statewide procurement system where businesses can find contracting opportunities.  Get your product or service further than retail and walk in consumers. 
  • Government Contract Assistance Program – provides FREE help bidding and proposing on those government contracting opportunities
  • Department of Human Services-Oregon Health Authority – we buy goods and services, provide businesses with supports and incentives such as employment solutions, and work alongside community partners for sustainable solutions.  It’s not a question of whether you fit in, but where does your business fit in?
  • ODOT – they are much more than roadways… they are industry champions that spend millions with small businesses, how can your business be one of the next ones that ODOT buys from?

2-3 Sponsors, Chamber Executive Team, Arbinger Speakers, Procurement Team EXCLUSIVE Mixer

 

You’ll receive:

  • Valuable insight from trained individuals
  • Outward Mindset Curriculum and practical implementable tools
  • Direct links to attaining contracts for increasing your revenue and how to stay on the radar for more
  • Catered Lunch on site

 

Register now at https://midwillametteleadershipsummit.eventbrite.com/

Les Schwab Tires

It all began in 1952 with one little tire shop and a vision of bringing together service, value, and convenience for their customers.

It is about you, and it is about time. Les Schwab sets the standard for consistently exceptional customer service. Who else runs out to greet you at your car when you arrive? Their founder, Les Schwab, said, “Our business is earning your trust and we like doing that as fast as we can.”

Always improving, never changing. From flexible credit options and vehicle wellness reports to free Wi-Fi in their waiting room, they are always coming up with better ways to make things easier for you.

Creating customers for life by creating employees for life. At Les Schwab, employees are treated like partners; that is why many of them have been with Les Schwab for well over thirty years. So you will enjoy friendly, familiar faces – along with convenient free services and the best warranty in the business – for the life of your tires.

Always driven by their founder’s vision. Born in 1917 in Bend, Oregon, Les Schwab came from humble beginnings. He was a self-made man, and believed in old-fashioned hard work. Les built his business from one store to hundreds of locations across the western states, making Les Schwab one of the largest independent tire businesses in the United States.

He did not do it alone. Les valued partnership – he was married for over 70 years after all – and provided his employee’s training and opportunities to grow and succeed, both financially and personally. Les believed in treating customers like family.

Although Les passed away in 2007, his vision remains at the core of the company’s culture: give people more for their money… reward employees for their expertise and hard work… earn people’s trust and everyone benefits. Today, the 7,000 plus employees of Les Schwab Tire Centers are proud to carry on this legacy.

Keeping your life in motion. Over 65 years ago, they set the standard for tire service. Today, Les Schwab Tires continue to go out of their way to keep you on your way.

The Go Giver – Bob Burg & John D. Mann

I had gone to a conference in 2010.  I was really struggling to wrap my head around the validity of our company’s offering when a colleague suggested that I stop worrying about what it was and just learn how to give myself away.  That comment stunned me.  Aren’t we here to do business?  I rely on commissions to pay my bills.  The colleague-turned-mentor said something I’ll never forget, “listen, you’re a go-getter.  But you’re also a giver.  You’re trying to separate the two.  Stop it.  You need to learn to be a go-giver.”

Give and get… at the same time?  I was lost.  She said she had a book in her room that she’d lend me for the rest of the conference if I wanted to implement the one thing that had made her successful.  I thought. ‘The one thing? This one thing was the one that made you so successful?  I’ll take it.’

I read a little bit that night.  But had to ask if I could finish it before we got together again the following month.  She said that’d give us a chance to talk further.  So I held onto it.  I didn’t just read it.  I devoured it.

The Go Giver is a parable-like story that shares how the main character learns how to give in order to receive.  He meets a mentor that shows him the importance of being kind and giving what you do have in order to give enough value to others that they only want to consider you for doing business in the future.  Stories are funny that way.  They share implementable universal truths that help us become who we need to become in order that we can accomplish great things.  It helped me produce better numbers.  Numbers that meant more to clients than what I was selling.  The numbers I gained was in humans who valued the things I was sharing with them.  And yes, my numbers grew in how much I made.

Learning to give is one major step in learning how to be open to receive.  You can even borrow it, I bought it on CD so I can hear it over and over again.

Book Review – The 5 Levels of Leadership

From where I’m sitting we’re all leaders, in different capacities.  With that in mind, we can all use a boost in how we go about leading in our realm.  Many of us have at least heard of leadership guru John C. Maxwell.  In fact for many people when they think of information about becoming a good leader, they think of things that Maxwell has said or written.  Not sounding familiar?  That’s ok.  I’d like to introduce you to him and one of my favorite books he’s written.  “The 5 Levels of Leadership”.

In this book, Maxwell dispels the myth that position or title equals leadership.  True leaders are those who stand for something great and do things in line with a greater cause.  Maxwell shares that the five levels include:

  1. Position – People follow because they have to. You’ve been given a title that says you’re the boss.
  2. Permission – People follow because they want to. People have enough buy-in on you as leader they voluntarily go where you lead them.
  3. Production – People follow because of what you have done for the organization. Your actions have proven to your followers that you are worth following.
  4. People Development – People follow because of what you have done for them personally. You’ve put enough into developing others that people value your leadership as a developer of people as well as processes.
  5. Personhood – People follow because of who you are and what you represent. Your character has stood the test of time and has been refined like gold and has proven to be of high value.

Consider this book for your next investment into your business library.  For me, it showed me the level of leader I am now and what I’m capable of becoming.  For you maybe something else.  But there’s something there for sure to get that boost to reaching new potential in leadership capabilities.