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We have had some wonderful discussions about this book. We often talk with our clients about a formula for getting results. The formula is T plus F plus A = R.
Thoughts plus Feelings plus Actions = Results. We often find that most people think that A = R. They change their actions but don’t get a long lasting result. This book has really made us consider the impact that our feelings have on achieving our results. If we have thoughts about what we want to achieve, we are taking actions to move us in that direction, yet our feelings are working in opposition we end up struggling. Our feelings are powerful and that is true whether they are working for us or against us. This book may help you connect with the feelings that will work for you!
In this film Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon plays Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South African Rugby Team the Springboks. There are many memorable scenes in this movie but there are two that can inspire Extraordinary Leaders to do simple things that make a big difference. Francois is invited to have a meeting with the President of his country. He is asking a white security guard on the way to the President’s office “What is he like?” A summary of what the guard said is “To our previous leader, I was invisible. To this leader no one is invisible.” Once Francois is in the President’s office he is welcomed as an honored guest. He is asked how his ankle is. He observes the President honoring someone who job it is to serve him. She is introduced to Francois as if she is just as important as either of them. He is asked for his philosophy on leadership and he is asked how he brings greatness out in the people he leads even when it hasn’t seemed like he has lately.
Francois and all of us had the opportunity to see what is possible when you care about the people you lead and you honor them by expecting their greatness.
This book is such a metaphor for our Extraordinary Leader Program! When we developed it, we wanted to build an environment in which people could learn both from the support they received from their peers in the program, but also from the support they gave to their peers in the program. Imagine the energy that comes from a community focused on Extraordinary!
Tommy Spaulding hits on the important issue of building and sustaining relationships - real relationships, authentic relationships as opposed to those less genuine, selfish relationships that do not build morale in an organization or trust between people. This is a great book because he doesn't just tell you that relationships are important, he tells you why, and he tells you how to practice building them.