Applying the knowledge you have is the way you lean into learning. Know this.
I feel extremely fortunate to work for Chick-fil-A; it’s been an amazing ride for over 30 years. One of the things that is the most rewarding are the responses I get when people find out I work for the chicken.
Often, their first question is, “Which one?” (That’s a great reminder that our business is in the restaurants – not at the home office.) When I tell them I work at the headquarters, you can often see a moment of disappointment in their eyes, but they quickly move to share a recent experience from a visit to one of our restaurants. Thankfully, it’s almost always a positive story!
Has anyone ever told you that you’re too young to lead? Maybe they’ve told you that you don’t know enough yet. You haven’t reached the age of maturity.
Some of those concerns are valid. You might not know as much as you need to. Or you might be a lot younger than those you’re going to be leading.
Yet being young shouldn’t stop you from leading. Rather, you should be encouraged to lead when you’re young.
Yes, you’re young…
There are many issues that can arise because of your youth.
You might easily be distracted by the next shiny thing. You might not know everything there is to know about the situation you’re leading the organization into. Or you might not have buy-in from those around you, after all, you’re half their age.
Leading when you’re young can be tough. You feel discouraged and that your voice doesn’t matter.
There’s an interesting verse in the Bible. Proverbs 27:17 tells us that As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
I’ve often pondered over the meaning of this verse.
What does iron sharpening iron mean? Does iron sharpen iron simply by being in the presence of other iron?
No, not at all. Iron can’t sharpen iron by being next to each other.
The way iron sharpens iron is through conflict.
How Iron Sharpens Iron
The thought behind Proverbs 27:17 is interesting. Iron can sharpen iron.
But how does that happen?
Iron can only sharpen other iron through conflict. When you hit two pieces of iron together, you can sharpen it.
Why then, as Christians, do we strive to avoid conflict? We flee from conflict like it is the plague.
Yet, we know that the conflict iron faces when they clash, provides sharpening.
Creative conversations… What do creative conversations look like? How can you have more creative conversations? What do you do if your conversation partner is considered an adversary?
Brit Poulson and I sat down to discuss these important questions regarding creative conversations. And Brit knows a bit about creative conversations.
He’s the author of The Clarity Compass: See More Clearly. Have Creative Conversations. Live the Life you Want. Brit is also the owner and principal of Clarity Compass Consulting where he specializes in transformative coaching and leadership programs.
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Brit, what else would you like listeners to know about you?
I’d like them to know that even though I’m doing business work and leadership consulting work, my overall approach is a psychological approach. I start on the cognitive level and then work down to deep understandings of the world.