Don Roulo is the CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) of Life Quest. He is a life, career and business coach as well as a Certified 48 Days Workshop Facilitator. He travels nationally and internationally to conduct business and career training as well as marriage and family workshops.
By DON ROULO
As many of you know from recent articles over the past month, I was in Europe for almost two weeks. My wife and youngest daughter picked me up at the airport. My daughter informed me when we crossed the Illinois-Indiana state line. I couldn’t help but to start singing in my head, “Back home again in Indiana…”
It is great to be back home, but my time while teaching and training about 2,000 people was incredible. Something which stands out from my time is a session I did about building something great. I am often asked by clients and people I work with, “How do I build a great _______?” You can fill in the blank.
There seems to be something in the heart of man which wants to achieve success, leave a legacy and build something great. You may want to build a great business. You may want to build a great family. You may want to build a great career. While in the Ukraine and in France I shared what I believe is the key to building a great anything.
The key is to ‘build’ great people. This may seem like an odd answer, but it is absolutely true. There are two questions which come to mind. What does it mean to build people? And how does building people build a great organization? Let me address each one of these questions separately.
What does it mean to build people? Building people means to help them to achieve their individual greatness, destiny and purpose. Your goal should be to bring out the greatness that lies in those around you. When you recognize the talents, gifts and dreams of those around you, you should be helping them achieve their best. You build and help others achieve their greatness by encouraging, teaching and mentoring. Take the time to make those around you be their best.
How does building people build a great organization? If you build the people around you, everyone benefits. Most of you have heard the phrase, “A rising tide floats all ships.” This is exactly what happens in a family, a career and a business. If everyone is operating at their best, and in their gifts, how could it not benefit everyone in an organization? Instead of having a group of people achieving good things, you can have a group of individuals achieving great things and then everyone benefits.
What does this look like when we apply this principle? In your family, find the natural things your children do well and cultivate and nurture it. In your business and your career, look for the things you, your employees or co-workers do well and teach and train them in those areas. If you get nothing else out of this article, get this point. In our homes and our businesses we make one huge mistake. We spend more time trying to get people to work on the things they don’t naturally do well rather than what they do very well.
To bring out the greatness in others, don’t take spend the majority of your time focusing on making them average at something they are not naturally good at. Spend the majority of your time focusing on making them GREAT at what they are already good at. If everyone, but especially leaders, take the time to bring out the greatness in others, our families, our churches, our businesses and our careers would achieve the greatness we desire.
About the Author
Don Roulo is a life, career and business coach as well as a Certified 48 Days Workshop Facilitator. He travels nationally and internationally to conduct business and career training as well as marriage and family workshops.
As a business consultant, he has written business plans and worked to market products or services as well as organizing financial statements for investors. Because of his success in the sales and business arena, Don has been blessed with the opportunity to train, motivate and inspire others. His passion is to motivate and equip people to find their passion and achieve their goals and God given destiny.