Corey Lee is an Entrepreneur and Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team. He calls himself a ‘business builder’ and ‘leader developer’. He’s been in leadership training and development for 15 years and is married with 3 children, 9, 7 and 5.
He built 2 physical therapy clinics and 4 gyms in a 5 year period, and then sold them to focus his energy on developing people and helping them grow into their dreams.
Corey was working from 4:30am at his Crossfit gym, then all day at the clinic and then back to the gym for the evenings, day after day. Part of his journey was recognizing that the balance of businesses and personal life was out of line, as he felt God nudging him to walk away and reprioritize what mattered most.
The impression you leave on another person when you engage with them is crucial to building relationship.
As a culture, we value the soft skills, even if we don’t verbalize it in that way, and as entrepreneurs it’s our duty to find that balance needed, to grow the next generation of leaders.
Being world famous means being world famous with the people you interact with day in day out. In the eyes of the people that truly matter.
While Corey was managing a small team of under 20 employees, he started to recognize the need for development and coaching which led to a heart interested in helping others learn from his gaps and mistakes, so that they can go further, faster without the painful lessons along the way.
Through a discovery session, he digs deep to find out how he can help you soar high enough to see upcoming opportunities and challenges, so the business to move forward and grow.
He also leads mastermind groups (approx. 10 entrepreneurs per group) who are all committed to growing. Each week, one person sits in the growth seat and then the others in the room all think into the topic or challenge and give help, advice and support.
How do you know if coaching is right for you?
Figure out where you want to go and whether you want to build a business or a job. Getting clear on that helps you identify what the next step should be.
If you want to build a team, what do you want that team culture to look like?
Recognizing the need to hire for your weaknesses will boost your overall team the most. Naturally, you’ll attract people like you, but what you need is people not like you.
Proverbs talks about having wise counsel surround you. It’s so important to know who you’re getting advice from and who you’re surrounding yourself with.
You also need to know the Father’s voice, so you can receive wisdom beyond this world rather than just other people’s ideas.
What do you say to someone who thinks they’re hearing from God about a particular business decision but from the outside looking in, it’s clear that they’re about to make a big mistake?
Listen to those around you, especially if they’re all saying the same thing. Seeking counsel from others is a smart move, especially if they’re all recognizing the same thing be it good, bad or indifferent.
Corey made a big mistake when he invested in a commercial project in his home town of Tupelo, Mississippi. Despite what should have been obvious signs to stay away, he moved forward into a mixed use development project that ultimately cost him some significant losses.
Ultimately, Corey wants to be remembered as someone who cared. Who cared about people. And don’t forget that:
People may forget what you did, they may forget what you said but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.
What about people who find themselves in leadership positions but don’t really want to be there?
Bill gates stepped down to Chief Software Architect and handed over the CEO reigns to Steve Ballmer. It seemed strange to some but it was obvious that Bill liked to play with software, not run a company per se.
Corey says ‘Go back to what you enjoy doing’… Life’s too short so find somebody who loves that piece that you don’t (who you can trust) and get back to the place
Easiest way to figure this out?
Make a list of your responsibilities and then ask yourself the 3 R’s:
Is this Required of me or could I hire it out / train someone?
Is this a good Return of my time?
Is this Rewarding? Do I even like doing this?
He rates each question on a scale of 1-3, 1 being the worst and 3 being the best. If his total score is a 9, he sticks with it. If it’s a 1, he drops it as fast as he can, everything else is a sliding scale but it’s proven an effective way for him to manage his time.
He loves the values based leadership model John has lived and preached, and his favorite quote of all is from Mother Theresa:
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
- If you’re going to be effective as a leader, you’ve got to show them that you care about them.
- I can’t take people where I haven’t been myself.
- My business would never surpass my ability to lead it. I was the lid.
- People may forget what you did, they may forget what you said but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.
- If you want to build a team, what do you want that team culture to look like?
- The impression you leave on another person when you engage with them is crucial to building relationship.