Takeaways from The Fred Factor

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Labor Day weekend starts in a few hours, and a great way to welcome it is by sharing with you valuable lessons from my latest read “The Fred Factor” by Mark Sanborn. I have seen this treasure in my husband’s stack of books. I am thankful he buys this book, from which I have gained the following insights on loving your job and improving the quality of your life:

  1. In building relationships, “Be real”, “Be interested”, and “Be a better listener”, among others. One of the strategies in having great relationships with colleagues and coworkers is by showing your true self. By genuinely sharing with others your passion and commitment in a way that is empathic and sincere, you are contributing to a more healthy relationship. Meanwhile, being interested is also a key factor in success as it makes the other person feel valued. The tendency is for him or her to feel important, thus creating a ripple effect on the way he or she delivers a job and the manner he collaborates with those around him or her. Add to this being a better listener which actually tops my list as it is a strategy I personally love doing. One learns best by listening and gains heaps by pausing and giving value to what the other person has to say or is saying.
  2. We can be a Fred, too — enthusiastic; artistic; and committed. Our work should not depend on a reward or a recognition. It should, above all, hinge on your goal of exceeding your own limitations. “Benchmark where you are against how far you’ve come and where you want to go,” says Sanborn. Such can be achieved through the implementation of your ideas. Yes, action is the key. One task at a time and one great relationship at a time are starters. Here are some of the practices Mark Sanborn shares with his readers:
    1. one thoughtful remark to a loved one each day to enrich a relationship;
    2. one exceptional performance a day to get the right kind of attention from your boss; or
    3. one unexpected act of service a day to turn the life of another in a positive direction.
  3. “You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips,” Sanborn quotes Oliver Goldsmith on one of the book’s chapters. A person is loved by his example, not by his or her self-serving ways. A wonderful approach to influencing other people to live a purpose-filled life is to lead by example, in a sincere and loving way.

Happy Labor Day weekend! God’s blessings!

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