This was not the 4th of July post I was going to write.
Dave Ramsey has written a book called EntreLeadership
. Recently, the audio version was on sale for $5! Hearing only good things about the book, and being frugal, I got the audio version… and glad I did!
After a few drives back and forth to work I finished the reading. WOW! Simply, I cannot put to words the raw emotion I felt having come in contact with the lessons taught. And I’m not going to try to unpack everything in this post either… But rather, challenge you to be the leaders I would want to work for… others would want to work for. I am looking and so are others~
There was a point in this book I found myself asking if this guy (Dave Ramey) was real. His description of his team is not mind-boggling complex, he just simply cares for his people… and then puts actions to his words. But it’s not just Dave. His leaders do it. Their followers do it. While not personally knowing any of his team members, I’d bet their families are affected positively by the action of caring. There is SO much more he has built into his culture.
Dave, his leaders, his teammates mess up. But the point is they learn and grow as a team. There is not a spirit of condemnation for missing a forecast number or having a sick a child on that day of the important meeting. Rather, a spirit of team work and community; of honest communication and letting the right hand know what the left one is doing, is the backbone on which is built an empire of CARE. I’d even guess that if the mail clerk (if there is one) had a flat tire, and while driving in, the VP of Marketing noticed him, He’d stop to help. Further, if a team member lost a love one, the first words out of that leaders mouth would not be, ‘Will they be in on Tuesday?’ Rather, his leader would lead the charge on making sure they had the support network needed to get through the tough time. One more for good measure; if a team member made or saved the Lampo Group a million dollars by making a connection or catching an error, that person would be rewarded… in MONEY not an off-the-wall comment such as, “well, my stock might go up now.”
Work will always be here…people will not. THIS IS THE CULTURE OF A TEAM and Ramsey did not invent it!
This culture has always been here. Why then are we so afraid to implement the principles? It’s not hard but does take work, and lots of it.
I am for hire. Yes, really. But, I refuse to be poorly led as well as poorly lead. I will match, then exceed, the temperature in which you lead me. Let me make you money! Let me help you grow your team!
For every one of me there are several others who, too, want to work for an EntreLeader
Will you lead in such a manner that it will attract others? Synergy
. Lead in such a way that you forget yourself and grow your team? Will you pay us what we earn? If you made $10 million last year, would you share a one million with those who helped? Would you care enough to send our wives a card on our anniversary? Kids birthday? Remember us?
If you are an EntreLeader, make yourself known. There are those who desire to help you build your brand!
I have already said this was not the 4th of July post I was going to write.
However, I felt compelled to share what was on my mind. Below is a a clif-note version of a letter written to Lampo Group. it is edited…a lot… :
“… I’m near speechless having listed to this book! Amazed, enlightened, encouraged, angered, and frustrated are all inter-twined in the over all assessment of only one listen. […]
Do your folks really ever work? After listening to this book, I cannot help but think what a joy it must be to come in every morning, bust your hump, celebrate victories, laugh and cry with your teammates, care for others, COMMUNICATE, …oh, and then be rewarded monetarily for doing something you love. Who ever heard of such?!?
As an Army Officer, […] returning from Iraq and steeping into a Billion Dollar Corporation based here in Atlanta (and one John Acuff is familiar with) I was amazed at the ‘everyone out for themselves’ environment I currently find myself in.
I am afraid your book however, has wrecked my world. Because I am now accountable for the information…
Question: What would happen if you dared to be the team leader you knew you could be, moreover, should be? What about parent or friend? Is it worth the risk?