Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Matt.2:2 KJV)
Recently I joined the John Maxwell Leadership Team and I’m looking forward to my certification as a Leadership Coach/Trainer and Public Speaker this August. One man that I have become more aware of his towering influence especially in leadership and personal growth is John Maxwell. He stands out across the globe as an uncommon influencer. Arguably, the Number 1 in leadership.
His simplicity in style, effortless deliveries and unassuming disposition make his distinction more intriguing and indeed remarkable. My discovery from studying him and my other very esteemed mentors clearly shows that being remarkable or outstanding in the crowd is a deliberate choice.
Every believer is destined to stand out. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matt.5:14) Howbeit, it’s your deliberate choice to partner with the Holy Spirit to make it a reality. Jabez was a man that had a most honorable and distinguishable destiny, but he refused to allow anything to the contrary to corrupt his glorious destiny. He was intentional in the pursuit and full realization of his destiny. (1 Chron.4:9-10)
It becomes apparently important to adopt some remarkable strategies if you must stand out in the crowd. These remarkable strategies I have carefully summarized into 8 management principles.
1. Mind Management.
Being remarkable or outstanding begins at the mental realm. The Wiseman said, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Prov.23:7) What you predominantly think upon becomes your reality. It becomes imperative that you manage your thoughts. Cast down any imagination that negatives the Word of God and think on the Word and anything of virtue.
It’s not enough to think greatness and being remarkable but you must lead yourself. Leading yourself involves being self aware, living a disciplined life and applying yourself to the demands of your assignment. The Word of God says, “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. (1 Cor.9:25)
3. Time Management.
Time is the currency of life. It’s constantly on the run. It waits for nobody. Therefore, you need to make the most of your time. Avoid distractions or focusing on the urgent instead of the important; or worse still, focusing on the easier tasks. If your life must count, then you need to manage your time most efficiently and effectively.
4. Crisis Management.
Crises or conflicts are normal to our sociology. How you manage these conflicts will determine your victory to the next level. You need to be skillful in conflict resolutions both within and without. A competitor can become a partner today. An employee or employer can be a bridge tomorrow. Focus on understanding people’s perspectives than their actions. A crisis well managed can bring promotion and may open new vistas of opportunities and collaborations. Dr. Murdock succinctly puts it thus: “Every change is preceded by crisis.”
5. Change Management.
The world is changing at a very fast pace. Jack Welch said, “Change before you have to.” Don’t wait to be caught up in the change web. Keep evolving and improving! Hear this: Change is painful yet ever needful. Therefore, you need to manage the pain of the process for a glorious transition.
6. Brand Management.
Gary Ryan Blair said, “We all build, manage or destroy our personal brand everyday through our character, choices, attitudes and actions.” How you are perceived is very important. Perception could become reality. So, you must live up to your identity and be authentic. Your identity follows your behavior and not the other way around. Guard your brand jealously! Hear this: Your brand is worth more than your bank account!
7. Relationship Management.
People are your greatest asset. Success is a collection of relationships. My great mentor Dr. Mike Murdock said, “Your harvest comes through people, not from people.” And Darren Hardy brings this perspective, he said, “The person who knows how to get, keep and cultivate a customer gets paid the most. Period.” Therefore, you need to manage every relationship beyond maintaining or sustaining it, to value creation.
8. Success Management.
Success not well managed can be your greatest undoing. Success is not a destination but a successive journey. Just like failure requires an autopsy, success requires it even much more to continue to winning streak.
If you will be diligent to apply these strategies, you’ll surely be remarkable in this life and your crown shall be seen in the crowd.
To an outstanding life,