Books & Audio
- NO YELLING: The 9 Secrets of Marine Corps Leadership You Must Know to Win in Business By Wally Adamchik
- Conversations On Success, Vol. 2 By Les Brown, Nido Qubein, Jim Kouzes
- Audio CD of World of Concrete 2007 No Yelling presentation By Wally Adamchik
- The Real Capital Currency
- And Now For Something Completely Different…
- Top 13 Things to Look For in Your New Online Training Platform
- Supervision Required
- Are you going nowhere fast? Time to get out of the rut (and into the ocean!)
- Are You a Righty or a Lefty?
- No Slugs Allowed
- These Guys Are Good
- Leading the minority majority
- The Workaround
- Be Offensive
- Show ‘Em You’ve Got the Right Stuff
- The Recession in Your Head
- Fabricating a Career
- Bowl-Eligible: A New Level of Mediocrity
- What If? Three Questions You Must Answer Today to Protect Your Company in the Economy Tomorrow
- Manage Them Out the Door
- Operations Support Staff
- The Rumor Mill Can Grind You Up
- The Easier Buttons
- The best place to find new employees
- Mentors and Mentees
- Nutrition and Decision Making
- Adamchik's Laws of Leadership
- Talking Points For Leaders
- Full Contact Leadership
- The Road Signs of Leadership
- 24/7 Customer Centric
- Get Bad At What You Do!
- The Heroic Last Stand (or not)
- There are NO leadership secrets
- Do Values have value?
- Rules of Engagement; Do your gears mesh?
- Linear vs Non-linear
- ROL - Return on Leadership
- Shamu and You
- Are you making or missing your blocks?
- What Happens In Vegas...
- The Real Truth About ROI
- A Night at Your Office
- Read this if you have children
- Do They Think We Are Stupid?
- The Policy Made Me Do It
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Mentors and Mentees
So much of what I write in these columns is designed to help you. Last night, however, I was reminded that there is more to life than people helping you. There is you helping them.
When I got the voice mail on Saturday night at 2145, saying to call ASAP, I knew it was bad news. The phone call confirmed my fears. My mentor, my professional advisor, my friend was dead. He had passed away earlier that evening. Bill “adopted” me as a project last year, and my business has benefited greatly from his counsel. He was an icon in the speaking industry and he took a liking to me. He said I was “coachable.” I listened and took his advice. In the past, others had asked him for advice--but then they never followed it. He said he didn’t have time for that. But, he made time for me.
Who do you make time for? As I mentioned, my columns are about you and making things better for you, but I am reminded how short-sighted that can be. I don’t need to point out that you are a leader and you have much to offer. While you may not be familiar with the workings of a particular part of the civilian sector, you are not without value. Depending on your particular skills and experience, there are many opportunities for you to get involved with and make a difference. It may be coaching youth sports, advising a church group, or working with injured or elderly veterans. I don’t know what’s right for each of you personally, but I do know that the rewards of making this personal investment in others are high.
You may protest you don’t have the time. Welcome to life. We are all faced with too much to do and too little time to do it. But we find time for what’s important. Bill was running a business, but he made time for me. And I am better for it. I’ve also learned that it brought him joy to see me succeed; he bragged about me to his friends in our professional association. I confess, selfishly, that I feel cheated. I know he had more to teach and I had more to learn. But, I don’t look at our time together with regret. I’m thankful he chose to help me. I’m grateful we knew each other for the year we did. Bill was in the army during Vietnam. I was in the Marines years later. Yet, that shared experience of serving, of making a commitment, and making a difference was a strong bond. Some things just matter more--like your service to country and your service to others.
Wally Adamchik is President of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting. Visit the website at www.beaFireStarter.com. He can be reached at 919-673-9499 or wally@beaFireStarter.com.
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