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Jesus Walked On Water – Peter Followed

 

There is a great lesson on true leadership from the incident when Jesus walked on water. His disciples have been fishermen all their lives and they had never seen man walk on water. Jesus wanted to demonstrate a great level of leadership: leading by example; showing the way and empowering others to do same. There is a greater lesson we learn from Simon Peter. He was a follower who was keen to learn from the examples exhibited by the leader. Whilst everyone else in the boat was trembling, Simon Peter saw an opportunity to learn. He asked Jesus to give him the instruction.

 

When Jesus saw the desire in Peter, he didn’t hesitate to give Peter the instruction. He asked him to “come”. Matthew 14:29. Whilst walking on water a great miracle, inside this miracle was an even greater miracle. A lesson of leadership. Before Peter asked Jesus to command him to come to Jesus, Jesus gave a give lesson which is vital for leadership. In verse 27, Jesus said: “Take Courage. It is I. Don’t Be Afraid”. Courage is very vital for leadership and for one to follow a leader, he must take courage too. When Jesus said “It is I”, he was reminding his disciples that with God nothing is impossible, and that he was their leader and shepherd who would lead his followers astray. This was a great assurance. Greater leader inspire their followers, they motivate them and they want their followers to have faith in their leaders and also exhibit the same as they recruited leaders too.

 

“Don’t be afraid”: The disciples where afraid of the imaginary ghost, but definitely the statement of “don’t be afraid” goes beyond the fear of the ghost. It touched on the aspect of doing as the leader has demonstrated. With fear, you can do what others are doing. But with courage, and faith in the leader, you will desirous to follow and learn. Taking instructions is very vital. Jesus simply said “Come”. He didn’t explain anything. He didn’t tell Peter to keep his eyes on Jesus as this was part of the lesson. As long as you keep your eyes on the vision, on the visionary, you will not fail.

 

Great leaders come from great followers. I have mentioned this in my book titled Dare To Dream: The Road less-Travelled. Great leaders are great learners. When you see a leader doing something, learn from him. Do not be afraid of failing or making mistakes. The lessons lie in the mistakes themselves. Jesus was a great a leader, and he still is. Learning from him produces great leaders.

 

Notes to take home:

  1. Know Your leader (Matthew 14: 27)
  2. Have Courage to learn, to follow, to take instructions and to make mistakes. Vs 27
  3. Do not be afraid to fail, to learn and even to be successful. Vs 27
  4. Have faith in your leader Vs 28.
  5. Β Do has instructed.Β  Vs 29

Value-Added Employee

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Entrepreneurship has many dimensions. It has many facets. There are active entrepreneurs and then there are passive or silent entrepreneurs. So today I am taking a break from the active entrepreneurs to focus on the not-so-talked about key players of the value chain. These are the employees hired by the entrepreneurs.

 

You see, being an employee is not as bad as we say when we speak to you in the entrepreneurship language. The truth of the matter is, we speak what we think or believe people want to hear. Some confession I guess. Fact is, the success of any business is not possible without the employees. I am not going to talk about the general staffers but employees who make things happen. Are you an π’‚π’”π’”π’†π’•π’•π’π’šπ’π’–π’“π’†π’Žπ’‘π’π’π’šπ’†π’“π’π’“π’‚π’π’Šπ’‚π’ƒπ’Šπ’π’Šπ’•π’š? If you want to be successful in your finances, marriage, family or health, be an asset to the company you are working for. Be a loyal employee. This is the foundation of entrepreneurship.

 

There are successful CEOs of corporate organisations like MTN, Multichoice, Samsung, FNB, Eskom and so on. These are employees but something separates them from other employees. They are value-added and value-adding. Value-Added in terms of their knowledge, experience, expertise, leadership skills etc, value-adding in that they add value to the organisations they work for. There is no successful CEO who is not an entrepreneur. Forget about being β€œβ„Žπ‘–π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘‘π‘‘π‘œπ‘“π‘’π‘™π‘“π‘–π‘™π‘ π‘œπ‘šπ‘’π‘œπ‘›π‘’β€™π‘ π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘Žπ‘šβ€. Your skills or knowledge may not work anywhere else, believe you me. Established companies have vision, strategies, systems and policies in place which create the environment for you to be a successful Value-Added Employee. Outside that organisation, you might just be a learned someone who does not add any value to the economy of the country, let alone your own family.

 

You must be relevant to your employer, and to yourself. When you are an asset can be well-priced. I mean, your price tag will be desirable. Will your employers celebrate your departure from their company or do whatever it takes to keep you? Will they feel a gap when you are off sick or on annual leave? Will your colleagues miss you? Will the clients of your employer commend you for the good service your employer company provides or if they could, would they have you relieved of your duties? The point is, be valued-added and add value to your employer. Keep developing yourself. Come up with new ideas in the company, improve your performance, improve your productivity. This will not only satisfy your employer but yourself the most. Don’t matter when they pay rise does not come or is lower than you expected. Set the level and you can actually ask to sit your employers down and name your new price; and get it. Oh yes.

 

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Learn more about being π‘½π’‚π’π’–π’†π‘¨π’…π’…π’†π’…π‘¬π’Žπ’‘π’π’π’šπ’†π’† and how to move from a passive entrepreneur to an active entrepreneur. Be the pillar of your organisation and set higher standards. You may not even think of starting or running your own business. DON’T tell others, I am whispering: Not everyone can run own business. Not every entrepreneur runs his or her own business. You will hardly hear this at those business seminars, entrepreneurship workshops and summits. You can only hear this from me.

 

Email me and sign up for Value-Added Employee coaching sessions and start making the most out of those β€œpeanuts”, as you call your salary. Start seeing peanut butter. 𝑽𝒂𝒍𝒖𝒆𝑨𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒅𝑷𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒖𝒕𝒔.