A good portion of my day job—the one that pays the bills—can be described as Leadership Development. In the industry I work in, LD translates into the application of lifeskills in the real world. Granted, depending on the leader, our development sessions can look very different. Working with an adult versus a teenager tends to change the content of a session, but not always . . . and that's okay.
You see, my husband and I are former educators and our business now serves as a classroom in many ways. And don't let the owner hat fool you; we will be the first ones to tell you we learn something new every single day.
Many of our younger employees come to us for their first time job opportunity. And I can honestly say, we are honored and as parents, realize the gravity of trust placed in us. It's kind of a stewardship thing.
Gosh, that's a whole other blog, so let me shift back on topic . . .
My LD hat also entails being a part of the interview process. Typically, I'm the second or third "talk" in the progression, so by the time they get to me, they've been vetted, briefed on company expectations, and taken through the paces.
Now, it's time to get a little more intense. One of the questions I often ask is, "What is your ultimate goal?" For many adults, leadership in our business is the answer to that question, and I'm ever so grateful we can offer that opportunity. However, for high school and college students, we're a blip on their map—a stop on the road to the ultimate destination. And I want to know where they want to go. What do they want to be? A teacher, doctor, scientist, pilot, missionary, lawyer, police officer, firefighter? Do they have a map? A plan? Because, honestly, we sell what we sell, but we want to help them reach the next step.
And this is where my coaching comes in.
My ramble goes something like this:
Don't fall into the trap of believing this is a bimonthly-paying, throw-away job. There are no throw-away jobs. Whether you are ringing up an order, taking out the trash, or chatting with a guest, you CAN learn something to put in your suitcase—and every adult over the age of 25 knows the piece of luggage I'm talking about. The suitcase filled with lessons learned that aren't explained in a manual or handbook.
Typically, this is when I can see the blank stare or the light bulb. Do they get it or don't they? We have our moment and move on.
Shift with me to the life of Jesus for a minute. What if the disciples only paid attention when the Teacher had an audience or stood in front of the temple? What if they looked away or became distracted during the many, many miles in between? Think of all they would have missed!
Can I encourage us all today? Don't let today be a throw-away day! There simply aren't any. Get your suitcases ready and make some room!
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.