John Maxwell Team Executive Director - International Certified Executive Leadership Consultant - Professional Thinking Partner - Coach - Trainer - Keynote - Motivational Speaker
It all started about 12 years ago when I received a call from my boss and he said to me "Do you want your job?" I stood still. I literally paused because instead of firing me, he asked me if losing my job was my goal.
See, let me give you a little background. I had just gotten into management on the railroad, and it went straight to my head. I'm talking the "you don't know more than I do because I'm a manager" type power. I had my way or the highway mentality. I was sure the term "manager" meant that you did what I told you to do.
Then one day, it all came to a head when I got into a verbal altercation with a team member in the middle of the break room. It took 30 seconds to lose the respect of that team member. It took 3 minutes to lose the respect of everyone else in the room, and 30 minutes to lose the respect of everyone else on the property.
It was shortly after that I got the call that literally changed my life. When he asked me did I want my job, it took me a moment to gather myself and respond with a sincere "yes Sir, I want my job." So with his guidance, I got to work. He sent me to the bookstore on a Monday to buy my first self-development book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. He told me that he would be in my office Friday morning at eight o'clock and that if he wasn't impressed, I would be unemployed.
Friday came and I spent the next hour rattling off information. Literally, anything I could remember. To this day I'm not sure if I did a half decent job or he just felt sorry for me. Either way, I kept my job. Then came the unexpected. He reached into his bag and pulled out my next assignment: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. We spent the next 21 days together. Each day a different law and each day a new insight. At the end of the 21 days, I wasn't just a different manager, I was a different person. I was no longer full of answers but questions.
It wasn't until later that I realized my gift and passion for leadership could not be held in any longer. I needed to be a blessing to others and give them the "kick" that was given to me.
So that's what I do. I inspire, I coach, I train, and I mentor people ready to be great leaders in their homes, their marriages, their jobs, their lives.