So the dialogue continues. This time we learn from Joey Peacock a self described chief motivational leader from Panama City Florida. Joey too uses a technology approach in part to further his own development specifically podcasts of favorite authors. There were a couple of points that hit home for me as I took in Joeys response. First was hie understanding of the complexity of self development. He threw out the one size fits all mentality in favor of a tailored approach.
I think that each person has to spend a (often, great deal of) time to find out which works best for them. What motivates and
inspires me in my personal leadership growth might not be the same for the next person.
Well said Joey, exactly my perspective as well. It gets back to the square peg round hole mentality. You might make it fit, but man will there ever be a lot of damage and brute force to get it there. That reminds me of one of my favorite one liners. “If the only tool in your tool belt is a hammer, then every problem tends to look like a nail”
In keeping with Michael Salogga’s comment about the curiosity of a child, Joey too has an excellent metaphor for approaching development. His relates to mentorship.
I try to live by the “mine field concept”. If I want to be where someone else is, why would I walk through the mine-field of life
on my own and get constantly blown up in the process. If I can find someone who is where I want to be, I ask them to
mentor me, step in their foot-steps along the way and avoid all the mines that they’ve stepped on, then I will be more
successful in my trek.
Mentorship is a highly effective method of development. It combines direct performance feedback with broader organizational perspective all within a trusted relationship. Used correctly this can be an extremely powerful development tool. Unfortunately done poorly it can have the opposite effect or no effect at all. We will be talking more about mentorship in the future here at Developaleader.com.
Joey is not one for the college route, “I don’t hold much faith in the ‘college program’ route to leadership” he says. I won’t hold that against him. It certainly helped me in my journey, but I will be the first to agree with him that it is not for everyone. If it were we would all be led by college professors and that sure isn’t happening.
I loved the way Joey ended his comments talking about the role of experience and the importance of getting into the game. He neatly ties the importance of mistakes (my words not his) into learning and growth.
Life experience is a major part of leadership too…but learning/applying the lessons along the way and understanding that a
person learns more in failure than success is a hard pill to swallow for a lot of people.
Get this message and you will not stop growing in your path to leadership effectiveness. I have talked about the importance of learning from your mistakes in the 7 lessons series in the mailing list. If you haven’t got them I encourage you to do so by signing up for the mailing list.
Getting started, getting on the path, yes, this is an important point. We cannot start early enough. It is like a 401k the sooner you begin contributing the faster the interest compounds before you know it your investment is growing exponentially.
I believe that the real answer is to: find a path, begin the journey, understand that the road will change along the way and understand that it never ends.
My thanks to Joey for such an insightful response.
So where have you started? What step have you made to begin your growth anew this day? Post a comment and let us know. I am confident that others will greatly benefit from your contribution.