Too often we have internal classes or meetings that we all leave feeling like we just lost valuable time that could have been spent more productively. Unfortunately, I believe this makes a good amount of us very skeptical when it comes time to sign up and attend these events. To be honest, this was my attitude coming into class, I had just taken on new responsibilities and thought my time could be used on HPA’s other than this… I couldn’t have been more wrong, this class was honestly the best I’ve ever attended. No doubt, I could have continued down the same path, probably with good results. The industry is great right now, growth would have continued in spite of me, not because of me.
As I sat through the class, I realized that I was 90/10 Manager/Leader. This was hard to swallow, looking at yourself in the mirror can be difficult. I decided to make an effort moving forward to use information you supplied to not only grow my business, but to grow my employees. I’ve only just begun, I’m confident this will occur and look forward to being able to update you in the future with the actual success stories! While my professional growth was the main objective for this course, there was another facet of my life that your course made an immediate impact on. Although work is very important to me, being a great father and husband are my top two priorities in life. While I believe I was good at both, I’m far from being great.
Your example about how easy your oldest son is for you and how difficult it is for you to understand your youngest, really hit home. This is exactly the case in my family, up until now I tended to put my youngest in a “box.” This will no longer happen, as soon as I returned home, my wife and I had one of the most productive conversations we had ever had as parents. We have changed our approach, and I believe we are already starting to see positive results. We no longer tell our youngest she’s “not a morning person” or “messy” or “just not competitive.” While I thought these sayings were harmless, I now know they were shaping my daughter. Not sure if you offer a similar class in a non-business setting or not. If you do, I would love to have my wife attend one, if you don’t, I would highly recommend you look into doing so. This stuff is too valuable not to share with parents, teachers, counselors, etc.
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