A talented performer experienced uncommon success in his career. Everywhere he went he was received with enthusiasm and his rapport with his audiences enabled him to encourage and entertain thousands.
His private life was in shambles. Three words might have made the difference, but rather than say those three words he decided to try to separate his private life from his public life. It didn’t work. It never does. His private failure affected his public performance and his career plummeted. If only he had summoned the courage to say the three words.
A woman with a natural gift for business found herself heading a large corporation. They called her a natural-born leader. But it wasn’t long before her responsibilities out distanced her competence. She tried to compensate with micromanagement and the corporation began to flounder. The competition gained the upper hand and she lost the respect of her management team and labor force. Never during her tenure had she dared to utter the three words that could have saved her and her company.
After raising two wonderful boys, a husband and wife drifted apart. Neither of them wanted the marriage to end, but neither of them could bring themselves to say three words that might have helped heal the relationship. The marriage dissolved leaving two confused boys and two lonely people struggling to make new lives for themselves. I often wonder what would have happened if they had dare to say three words.
I had a gifted young man who was a member of my team. He was intelligent, competent and trustworthy but there were three words he was afraid to say. To him those words signified weakness. He felt if he ever uttered them it might cost him his job. He learned that he was wrong. The three words he was so afraid to say were words that would lead to learning how to become even better at his job. He began saying the words. He began to learn. Those words saved his job and made him one of the most valuable members of our team. Three words!
These are real situations and I still believe that saying three words could have made a difference just as they did with my valued teammate.
What do you think the three words are? How do you think they make a difference? I will answer both questions next Tuesday.[reminder]Do you know what the three words are? You may be thinking of three words that are just as important. Let me know your thoughts.[/reminder]