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LIFE: Everyone will be called upon to lead – few will be ready.

LIFE by Chris Brady and Orrin WoodwardEveryone will be called upon to lead at some point (and truly several points) in their lives, the only question is: Will they be ready?

The LIFE business launched with the purpose of providing world-class leadership materials to business executives, entrepreneurs, corporate climbers, pastors, church leaders, administrators, community service leaders, public servants, teachers, parents, and anybody who will find themselves in a position to lead.  My friend and co-author Orrin Woodward (one of the world’s Top 25 leadership gurus) recently said, “When it gets right down to it, leadership is for everyone. Nobody will be able to make their way through life without needing the draw upon the toolbox of leadership.”  Sadly, many people lack these tools and therefore get to live with the consequences of being ill-equipped. These consequences include missed opportunities, unfulfilled career aspirations, financial woes, and broken relationships.

Although leadership is for everyone, not everyone will equip themselves. Therefore, it may be helpful to consider a list of people for which the LIFE materials don’t apply.  LIFE leadership training materials are NOT for those who:

1. Refuse to take 100% personal responsibility for their results in life.

2. Would rather fix blame than fix problems.

3. Want an easy, comfortable life without having to earn it.

4. Already know everything and are therefore unteachable.

5. Have character issues they refuse to address.

People who fit these descriptions need not apply.  Again, to quote Orrin Woodward, “LIFE is for those who earnestly seek a better life, are interested in the strenuous process of personal growth, are driven to succeed in significant ways, and are committed to a life of excellence for a higher purpose.”

Mediocrity is for the many.

Leadership is for the few.

Everyone will be called upon to lead – few will be ready.

LIFE is for those few.

The CIRCLE of LIFE

I had a very engaging conversation with my friend and co-author Orrin Woodward today.  As usual, we kicked around a ton of stimulating ideas and pieced together something that, in our estimation, will immediately convey greater understanding as to the purpose of LIFE Leadership.  (See the inset diagram).

Circle of Life by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward

The CIRCLE of LIFE

In each of the 8 F categories of Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friendship, and Fun, one can imagine a certain grade based upon how one is doing in that category. In the diagram the center represents horrible, as in, you are totally “stinking up the joint” (as my kids say) in a certain category. Working your way out from the center to the outer ring in any of the categories represents a stronger grade.  So someone with a dot near the outer ring is doing well in that category.  By connecting the dots on your subjective personal estimation of your life at this moment in each of the categories you can come up with a shape that roughly represents your life right now in each of the 8Fs.

Quite simply, LIFE Leadership supplies life-changing information to help you increase your score in each of the 8Fs.  The goal is to take someone from the not-so-good black shape represented toward the center of the diagram to the much improved (and happier, we would think) life represented by the red outline toward the outer ring of the circle.

Who doesn’t have at least a category or two, or three, or eight, in which he or she would like to have a better score? Who wouldn’t want to transform his or her life from the tiny blob (and who among us hasn’t felt like a tiny blob from time to time?) in the center to the big wheel (and who hasn’t wanted to be a big wheel at least once in his or her life?) toward the outer ring?

That’s it.  From little blob to big wheel.

But all kidding aside.  This CIRCLE of LIFE is the snap-shot diagram to which people can easily relate when it comes to understand the goal of LIFE Leadership and the life-changing information we offer.  We will help people learn and apply truth in each category and thereby improve their shape.

LIFE Leadership: Because leadership is for everyone!

Transformational Truth Over Time – It’s Your LIFE

Life is precious. Life is short. Life is a gift. Life is what you make of it. Life is a journey. Life’s a Beach. There seems to be no end to the number of cliches and one-liners involving this precious concept called life.

And now there’s one more: LIFE: Leadership is for everyone.

LIFE Business

LIFE book by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady

In our best selling book, Launching a Leadership Revolution, co-author Orrin Woodward and I made the point that leadership is not something reserved for the gifted few. It is not an endowment at birth. Leadership, in fact, is something all of us will be called upon to exhibit at some point, and most likely many points, in our lives. The only question is: will we be ready?

The Launching a Leadership Revolution book was our attempt to encourage everyone to prepare and equip themselves for both the pivotal big moments and also the nearly mundane small moments during which our leadership abilities will be needed. How we respond in those situations, how we lead, will have lasting ramifications on our lives.

If indeed we successfully made the point, then the next question becomes: how does one equip him or her self for leadership?

In answer to that question we have developed the suite of LIFE materials. Offered across three product lines (the LLR Series for specific and professional leadership considerations, the LIFE Series for more general and perhaps even relational issues, and the AGO Series for spiritual applications), the LIFE materials are designed to equip one in the way busy adults need to be equipped – namely, a little at a time.

Instead of attending some outrageously expensive conference, or buying loads of high-priced materials, or walking away with a big binder under your arm that you’ll never open again, at LIFE we deliver a monthly dose of foundational truth for leadership and living a better life.  The key is “a little at a time.” Very few people have the resources of either time or money to invest in big conferences anyway.  And even for those who do, such large doses have only minimal staying power.  But in our own lives the predominate factor in our success has been an ongoing program of monthly training installments designed to be consumed in small doses over time.  Anything so consumed gradually becomes a habit and the information inculcated as one’s own.  That’s the power of the LIFE subscriptions.  Not only are they packed full of life transforming information, but they come on a regular basis like oxygen to the blood.

So check out the LIFE subscriptions and pick one (or two, or three) that best align with your personal development needs.  Subscribe. Read. Listen. And watch the free follow-up videos to which only subscribers have access.  Apply these ongoing doses of truth to your life and see if you aren’t amazed at the difference.

Remember, it’s your life – but it’s not yours to waste! Make the most of it by filling it with transformational truth, today.

the-life-business.com or the-team.biz ?

www.the-life-business.com

Baking up a new LIFE

When Orrin Woodward and the rest of the Policy Council founded the LIFE business, they were really just bringing to fruition the part of the business most people treasured the most, anyway. How often have I run into people who love “the system” part of the industry, but not the rest of it? How many of us enjoy the learning and personal growth aspects more than anything else? So it is really just a natural extension to try and capture the life-changing aspects of what we do and make that available to everyone, whether they choose to build a business or not. The LIFE materials are just that – designed to deliver life-changing truth to people of all walks.

I laughed the other day when I heard someone say, “Isn’t that just a business about chasing dreams?” as if that were a bad thing. First of all, there is nothing wrong with having dreams, and chasing them, as long as they are of the God-given variety and can be attained within His perfect will for our lives.  What this means is that dreams should not lead to materialism, covetousness, greed, avarice, or any of the other besetting sins of mankind, and they should be clean and reverent, God-honoring, and an encouragement to others.  Within these obvious boundaries, it is healthy to have something to pursue, for God’s glory.  Having something to chase gets us out of bed in the morning, makes us work at improving ourselves, and helps us beat back the temptations of laziness and victim thinking.

But the LIFE business is about much more than simply providing an opportunity in which people can have a chance at pursuing their dreams.  It’s about providing foundational truth in all categories of life so anyone, anywhere can transform his or her life into something that matters more, delivers a larger impact, and makes a bigger difference. People don’t have to build the LIFE business to accomplish this, they can simply plug into some of the LIFE materials and apply those truths to their lives.

Now, what about the Team training system, found at www.the-team.biz ? The Team remains a company dedicated to helping people learn the fundamentals and methods of building communities of people.  For specific techniques of developing a strong LIFE business, access the Team’s training materials.

LIFE products = changing lives by delivering truth

TEAM training materials = help people build their communities through which LIFE materials flow

It’s that simple.

Welcome to the LIFE you’ve always wanted! May God bless all your efforts for His glory!

LIFE Pre-Launch Weekend a Major Success!

LIFE Business Pre-Launch

Orrin Woodward rolls out details of the LIFE business to the Team

This past weekend in Columbus, Ohio, LIFE  held a fantastic leadership conference featuring best selling author Oliver DeMille, best selling author and leadership guru Orrin Woodward and his wife Laurie, Ernst and Young’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Dallin Larsen, founder of three ministries Pastor Stephen Davey, business leaders Tim and Amy Marks, Bill and Jackie Lewis, Claude and Lana Hamilton, George and Jill Guzzardo, and Dan and Lisa Hawkins.  The theme of the weekend was LIFE, leadership, and opportunity. Topics covered ranged throughout the “8 F’s” including Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friendship, and Fun.

There are moments in life when everything just seems to come together. After 17 years of dreaming and working, the founders of LIFE are finally able to birth a concept that sits at the apex of four industries/trends, namely: 1) the Personal Development industry, 2) the LIFE coaching industry, 3) the networking industry, and 4) the concept of Community (both electronic and “real”).  Details of this amazing combination, which author Frans Johansson in his book The Medici Effect calls “Intersectional Innovation,” were covered at this conference. The concept of Intersectional Innovation states that cataclysmic and explosive shifts occur when unique combinations are found in the spaces between industries or trends. If this is true for the space between two trends (and Johansson’s book makes a strong case that it is), then imagine what could happen at the conjunction of four trends/industries! That’s what’s happening with LIFE!

LIFE doesn’t officially launch until November 1, 2011. However, all attendants at this weekend’s Major Convention are set to get a head start. Armed with new tools and information resting atop timeless principles, new members can charge ahead into a future so bright they might want to wear welding helmets! Here’s to a LIFE that matters!