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Transformation…One Bite at a Time

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I swear, I only ate three.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of leading the first of three interactive sessions with the Emerging Leaders group within National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD).

I often only get an hour or two with groups. Never enough to see transformation. Knowing I get to guide leadership discussions with this group throughout the year is exciting! We can dive deeper and grow together.

I was incredibly impressed by the openness and honesty of the group, all new to each other as a whole group. They jumped right in, committed to their development.

I’ve been thinking about butterflies lately. We often think that the butterfly, transforming from a caterpillar, reflects the way we grow after challenges. It does.

But we may not consider the pain and discomfort that caterpillar must experience at every stage of that process.

It looks so seamless on time lapsed photos. The caterpillar wrapped in a cozy cocoon, emerges beautiful and happy. But we don’t see what is going on inside. We don’t feel it. We don’t live it.

24 people made a commitment to continual development, knowing at times it will be painful. It will be uncertain. It will challenge comfort zones.

But there is no question that it is worth it. A transformation.

About the author, Michael

I am an executive leader, sales trainer, and author, with over 25 years of experience delivering motivational speeches and training sessions to audiences worldwide. I have a unique range of experience, from my beginnings as a Catholic school teacher to managing hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars as Vice President of US Sales for two global medical device companies.

In 2016, I published my first book, Tell Me More, to share my leadership mantra. Through a strategy of active listening and observational questioning, we become better leaders, better sales people, and we can deliver on phenomenal customer experiences. Through this podcast, we’ll see how the Tell Me More process is at work in the business world today.

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