How A Group Of Frogs Traveling Through The Woods Turned Into A Powerful Story About Developing Leaders
I love this story about a group of frogs traveling through the woods. Two of the frogs fell into a pit. After assessing the situation the frogs above yelled to the frogs below, “you’re as good as dead. You’ll never get out of that pit.” But, the two frogs kept trying to jump out of the pit with all of their life.
The frogs above continued to yell down, “give up, you’ll never get out.” Eventually, one of the frogs gave up and died.
The other frog refused to quit and kept jumping and soon jumped out of the pit. When he got to the top, the other frogs said, “didn’t you hear us yelling to quit trying?” The little frog said, “No, I’m deaf. I saw you all jumping and waving your hands, encouraging me to get out so I just kept going.”
Two lessons from this story:
1. Words have the power of life and death: a destructive word will rob someone of their spirit while a positive word speaks possibility and encouragement.
2. Anyone can speak destructive words, but it takes the power of a leader to speak life.
Growing your home based business means being proficient in developing leaders and it starts with your choice of words. From Day-1, you are viewed as a leader.
Your team is/will be a group of individuals that require different things but have the same goal. The effect of your team should be more than the sum of its parts.
1 + 1 = 3.
Each team member needs to be appreciated as an individual – as you are developing leaders, so be careful to understand how you speak to each.
Be sure to continually empower your team-members but don’t hold their hands. When they’re challenged, encourage them to bring two solutions that won’t move them around the challenge but instead, through it. Think of it like faith: when things get tough, faith doesn’t get you around challenges, it gets you through it.
Continually, remind each team-member:
• Their actions contribute to the goal
• You require their assistance
• You can’t do it alone
Have you ever felt like the frog in the hole? Keep jumping, you’ll find a remarkable way to continue developing leaders and build your team.
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