The Three Strands of Hair

The Three Strands of Hair

At Crawford, we stress the importance of Servant Leadership, which must be rooted in genuine care and concern for others.  This is the result of actually knowing others and their struggles, both personal and work related.  

One might say, "why should I be concerned about what an employee does or experiences when they're not at work?"  To which I would answer, "do you care what goes on in your friends life outside of work?"  

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The Frog & Two Geese

The Frog & Two Geese

A frog asked two geese to take him south with them. At first they resisted; they didn't see how it could be done. Finally, the frog suggested that the two geese hold a stick in their beaks and that he would hold on to it with his mouth. So off the unlikely threesome went, flying south over the countryside. It was quite a sight. People looked up and expressed great admiration at this demonstration of creative teamwork.

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Delegation

Delegation

Lately, I've been trying to delegate more. Delegating does many wonderful things. First, it allow the one delegating to focus on more things, and in many case more important things. Second, it allows the one being delegated too to take on more responsibility and grow. Third, it give the one delegating a true glimpse into the one delegated too ability to take ownership, become resourceful, etc. Fourth, as a whole the team gets more work done.

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Thomas Edison & a Note

Thomas Edison & a Note

One day the young Thomas Edison came home and handed a paper to his mother from his school. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to give it only to you.”

His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her son. “ Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”

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Crawford Core Value - Resourcefullness

Crawford Core Value - Resourcefullness

Resourcefulness is the ability to find a way to achieve your goal.  This is especially true when the goal is difficult to achieve and when little or no direction is given.  Resourcefulness is the ability to think creatively, to generate ideas, and to identify alternatives.  Resourcefulness is also imagination, the ability to visualize how something could be achieved when there is nothing there but the vision.

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Initiative

Initiative

A certain farmer had become old and ready to pass his farm down to one of his two sons. When he brought his sons together to speak about it, he told them: The farm will go to the younger son.

The older son was furious! “What are you talking about?!” he fumed.

The father sat patiently, thinking.

“Okay,” the father said, “I need you to do something for me. We need more stocks. Will you go to Cibi’s farm and see if he has any cows for sale?”

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Negotiating

Negotiating

THE EIGHTEENTH CAMEL 

A wealthy merchant from the east passed away. In his will, the man stated equally division of his wealth to three sons but his most treasured camels were divided in rather challenging way.

According to the will the eldest son was to be given half of the camels, the middle son was to be given one third of the camels, and the youngest son was to be given one ninth of the camels. The merchant had seventeen cattle. As it was not possible to divide 17 camels into half, one third or even into one ninth. The three son started fighting with each other for their fair share of the camels.

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Diligence

Diligence

"Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper." Proverbs 13:4 NLT

The foolish or lazy desire the gains which the diligent get, but they hate the pains which the diligent take; they covet every thing that is to be coveted, but will do nothing that is to be done; and therefore it follows, They have nothing; for he that will not labor let him hunger, and let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

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1 Thessalonians 15: 15-22

1 Thessalonians 15: 15-22

"See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil." - 1 Thessalonians 15:15-22

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Teamwork

Teamwork

Did you know that a rope has greater strength than the combined individual strength of the strands that make it up? Why is this? The answer is quite simple. Individual strands have weak spots along them, points at which they easily break. But in a rope, the weak spots are randomly distributed along the length of the rope and the twist in the rope allows the surrounding strands to cancel out the weak spots of the individual fibres.

 

It’s the same with people. We all have strengths and weaknesses. On our own our weaknesses can break us, but together we work to achieve strength for all.

"To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless." - Mike Krzyzewski

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Compliments

Compliments

I've received a couple special compliments recently and it reminded me of a verse in Proverbs: "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it" - Proverbs 3:27

Have you ever noticed how some people just can't bring themselves to say something nice about others?  Why is it so hard for some people to compliment others?  I think one of the greatest privileges we have as being leaders is being able to bless others with compliments.  A well timed compliment can be such a blessing.  

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Proverbs 4:18-19

Proverbs 4:18-19

"The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.  But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over." Proverbs 4:18-19

The picture in this verse is that of the sunrise and the increasing of the light on the pilgrim path as the day advances. If we walk in the way of God’s wisdom, the path gets brighter and brighter and there is no sunset! When the path ends, we step into a land where the light never dims, for “there shall be no night there” (Revelations 22:5).

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The Starfish

The Starfish

A man was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up. Left on the sand by the receding tide the starfish were certain to die as the sun dried them out. The man also saw a boy picking up starfish and flinging them back into the sea. Planning to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, the man walked up to the boy and said, “I have been watching what you are doing, son. You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize how many beaches there are around here and how many starfish are dying on every beach every day?

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The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle

I was talking with someone the other day about career advancement, and I remember remarking something that is probably pretty contrarian to what most people think of when they consider career advancement; and that statement was this: "don't become preoccupied with career advancement as the expense of knowledge and experience advancement."  In other words, learn what you need to learn today to prepare you for where you'd like to be tomorrow, and don't rush the process.  This idea reminds me a of a popular phenomenon called The Peter Principle. 

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