I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others. – Muhammad Ali
Today, Amanda and I discuss how to maximize your resources – which means your time, talent and treasure.
Have you heard the parable of the talents in the book of Matthew? I like to look at it in a different way. When the Bible speaks of investing talent, it means money, but what if we looked at it like your actual talent? How are you going to invest that in which you were hardwired to do? We can invest our talents to gain a return for good.
One of my favorite quotes by Jimmy Buffet is: What you do not give them, time takes anyway. In order to give your talents, you have to first identify them. There are some great resources out there to help you do this. The Gallup StrengthsFinder is an incredible tool and somewhat inexpensive. It tells you where your strengths are and aren’t, but this isn’t an excuse to be bad at things. If you don’t understand what you’re great at, you can’t put yourself in a position to go thrive in those things.
It’s a YouTube world – you can see everyone’s highlight reel. Don’t compare yourself to others. Why would we measure our middle or beginning against someone else’s end?
Nobody is as smart as everybody. Collaboration is not a function of weakness. When we go down the path together, we’re clearing that path together. By working as a team, you’ll maximize the individual resources of each team member for the good of the whole and be able to do more together than you ever would apart.
I love the Andy Stanley quote: I’m not the smartest guy in the room, I’m just the leader.
Leaders must give teammates and other leaders the ability to lead. If I’m leading everything, than we can never be greater than the sum total of my abilities. there are 25 other people on this team with amazing abilities and if they are empowered to lead, we can’t be stopped. As a team, we must maximize our impact over what any one individual can do.
Something else we do is collaborate with partners outside of our organization. We make it clear that we don’t consider others competitors; if they succeed, we succeed.
Take a listen – we share some examples of those who are doing this well.
Question: What could you do to better maximize your resources this year?