This past week I attended my company’s conference that focused on 2015, but also had a lot of great motivational speeches to get us ready for the upcoming year. My absolute favorite presentation was a video on employee engagement. Something about it just screamed familiarity, not just with my company but with any organization you find yourself in.
(Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4nwoZ02AJM)
The key to this video was the metaphor about a boat full of 10 people that represents any typical organization.
In that boat:
3 people are rowing like crazy
5 people are along for the scenery
2 people are trying to sink the boat
I instantly drew a connection between this metaphor and where we are at today. We have a small group of guys who are putting a lot into keeping the workouts going/growing, communications being SOLID, finding new #sadclowns, and keeping events planned to keep interests high. Fortunately, we don’t have any sinking the boat. Since the workouts are voluntary, if you don’t like it, you can leave. No commitment, no loss. However, we do have those along for the scenery. There are an infinite amount of reasons why some may fall into that group. Some of those reasons are good reasons (work/family balance is way out of whack). This is for the group that’s along for the scenery, yet internally, is screaming to be in the group of rowers…
We are here for YOU.
At Swamp Rabbit, we say it at virtually every BOM…we are aiming to get stronger Physically, MENTALLY, and SPIRITUALLY. So let’s do it.
Ask yourself, what do you need/want to work on related to leadership?
Look at F3 as your “testbox” to work on that skill. As we all know, there is no progress without practice. F3 is a place where you can step out of that “comfort box”. No Judgement, no financial risk, all progress. (DISCLAIMER: The PAX may give a couple jokes as feedback, but know that it’s the absolute WORST that could happen. Then you come back the next day and all has moved on.) Sorry, I said the Worst is that you have a couple of jokes made. The Worst is if you don’t do anything to progress.
SUCCESS IS AN INVESTMENT. We always are good at saving money on oranges, lightbulbs, and toilet paper (I’m a fan of Costco’s Kirkland Brand). But we rarely invest in ourselves to get the return. I PROMISE it will give you a return. Take that LEAP….Q a workout, or 2, or 3, Q a CSAUP, Talk at F3 Connect, raise some money…whatever is your passion. FOLLOW IT.
Our mission is to Plant, Grow, and Serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership. We never said it was just to get fit (although bikini season is going to be awesome).
If this speaks to you but you don’t know where to start, don’t let that be the reason that you hold back. Talk to a Q after a workout, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or just grab someone that you’ve seen Q before.
Anybody that has Q’d/led will tell you that they were nervous when they first started ‘rowing’.
SPECIAL THANKS to all of you who work tirelessly to keep F3 running. I’m thankful everyday for the change you’ve promoted in me just by your leadership by example.