I periodically hear the Q, "Who & What is Booker Training", or more specifically, "What do you do?" A few people recently wanted to know more so just figured this might be a good time to update you and the world just a bit:
I help leaders grow self and other leaders thru changed behavior in self and holding others (subordinate) accountable to changing behavior...
Real Leadership and powerful relationships assessed and focused upon thru an understanding of your Leadership-RELATIONSHIP-Sphere (one's vertical and horizontal relationships)
*25 yrs of Leadership Development (individual/organizationally)
*15 yrs of work with leaders in Organizational Behavior and Communications
*18 yrs in Change Management and Culture improvement
I believe my fastball is working with a leader 1:1 ...and thru transparent and real conversation, determining accountabilities needed to move the leader forward in present role and future roles. I would add onto that as my second best pitch - working with Leadership Teams/Staffs not only in their collective/individual leadership development but their relationships internally and externally.
I have written four books not on theory but on real practical application of how a leader grows and continues to grow, all written in conversational tone for the leader. I am pretty darned certain I have no masterpiece, but I am certain they all contain good messages / good learning. I am finishing up a fifth book in 2016 titled :
REVERSE VISIONING 'Managing LEADERSHIP Happiness & Success' - how a leader (thru the use of a template) from day one, creates the environment sooner rather than later (tell you more when we talk :)
I love people. I love helping people. I am passionate about helping leaders grow.
Here if I can help my friend!
. 'Managing LEADERSHIP 'Happiness (a template for Leadership Success from Day 1)
"..............ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS in all directions beginning on Day 1 in any new role -- and never stop nurturing them. This template's focus-points will create a world of SUCCESS for you; and yes, HAPPINESS for you as well. Think about that, walking around smiling!!!
'Pay me now or pay me later (or maybe) ...What we sow is what we reap' - This is not just about the personal 'warm n fuzzy' aspect of relationship; but also the functional dynamics of relationship - both individual and organizationally.
Again, the Learning-Leader will dive deep to understand the depth of what all this means in terms of both his/her PERSONAL & FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS, ...his/her LEADERSHIP HAPPINESS ...and subsequently their LEADERSHIP SUCCESS.
They are the ones who will reach out (horizontally, vertically, diagonally and even throughout those dysfunctional dotted-line relations) to establish, grow and maintain each of them. He/she will not only do this for selfish motives (of making his/her world as good as it can be); but see it 'as their leader duty' - to maintain these relationships for the good of those he/she leads.
Those leaders NOT getting it, will go through seasons of failure as previously-ignored and assumed relationships catch up with us causing troubles. If he/she resists and just continues business as usual in their isolated-world, the likely consequence will be UNHAPPINESS - turnover, stress, blame/fault taking hold, the manager departing, business downturn or failure, etc.
Most of my 20 years of work with leadership, leaders, culture and org. development is indeed a result of all this not being practiced by leaders! Relationships deteriorate (after months/years of ignoring spheres). Then leaders and management begin to spend time and $$$ on programs, gimmicks, giveaways and any other shortcut - in search of some kind of fix. Trust me there is no magic pill for fixing relationships...
SOLUTION: Begin now wherever you sit (leader or not) to 'see your sphere'; then reach out in all directions to establish, fix, repair, improve or just maintain at a high level - all of your relationships. Think of it as part of your job-description. Go ahead do it for selfish reasons. Others will benefit as well - do leaders even see that others are suffering because you won't go do it (fix your relationships at your level) and alleviate some of their troubles down below……………...."
Chapter 7, (last chapter in my little GOD book, 'Triangles, Compasses & GOD'
Not Going Back to Fishing....*like Peter did?!?
“… Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberius. Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of his were together. Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they replied. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
When it was already very early morning, Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
So Jesus said to them, “Children, you don’t have any fish, do you? They replied, “No.” He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they threw the net, and were not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish…”
A good friend we will call Charlie (because that’s his name) recently led me to these verses for a completely other reason than I am presenting here. Charlie’s thought and lesson was a good learning, but I went in a big-time completely different direction with it.
It is one of the beautiful things about God, the bible and His Word – it teaches us all different things at different times. At different times we can take a completely different message from the same passage.
This God of mine (ours) knows what He is doing huh? It is like magic how that happens; actually I guess it is just Godly. Again I am OK with not understanding, He is God.
So back to the point here. What this scripture speaks to me is how easily it is to go back to where you were before God/Jesus entered our lives. Maybe we are not or were not immediately changed. It is where I connect with the phrasing of ‘what happens’ to us as being Born Again.
When we accept and begin that relationship, we begin learning all over again (as if we were just born). The real learning is yet to come.
In this scripture, Peter and others after Jesus’ departure decide to ‘go fishing’. Now it may not be what scholars think about this scripture but for me, it is powerfully making the point that we have to be careful not to just return to our old ways without Him.
Without Him they went fishing in their old ways and caught nothing. When He came back into their lives, they caught more fish than they could even handle…
It is so representative to me in regards to what we all do to some degree in much of our daily living. We can be one minute relating closely to God only to turn in the next moment and do some sinful thing (or maybe just attempt something on our own without involving Him). Maybe akin to how some people go to church every Sunday but come Monday revert to un-Christ like ways. They went back to fishing!
This is our challenge; to not only believe and agree as to how we should live our lives - but to do it! How do we truly change, how do we know we have? I guess the only best answer is that we constantly work on that relationship with Jesus Christ every minute, every hour of every day. Maybe we involve others to hold us accountable.
It seems amazing to me how these key figures from the bible and of Jesus’ Walk even struggled with ‘going back to…’. Just as amazing was how those living/existing with God in the Old Testament days even struggled to remain focused in their faith and GOD WAS THERE! Think about how challenging this is/will be for all of us. JESUS WAS ACTUALLY THERE and they still went back to fishing.
They ‘saw’ Him, knew Him, listened to Him, promised to Him and followed Him. But as soon as he ‘poof’ goes to where God and Jesus exist, Peter and others return to their old ways of living life.
How much harder is it now when we are to just ‘believe’ and through our faith lead a Walk like Jesus modeled and God taught us?
How are you doing….......... It’s your path to choose; others may walk it with you. No one can walk it for YOU.
Some Qs for all of us:
Peter answered Him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Matthew 26:33