Use the Tools!

I have been dealing with leaders and training and development for over 40 years now and, as 2015 comes to a close, I am looking back at the successes I have observed in the lives of people with whom I have had the privilege of working and serving. I am also aware of what has served me well in terms of my personal growth.

Among the things that top the list, I am thankful for the TOOLS I have been given and have been able to provide to others. Tools enable you to get the job done. Having some experience with hand tools for making things as well as those used in farming I have an appreciation for how beneficial it is to have the right tools for the job.

In every aspect of life, whether in business, recreation, maintaining a home, even preparing a meal in the kitchen, success and enjoyment are multiplied by knowing what the right tools for the job are, having the tools, knowing how and when to use them and then actually utilizing them!

This last point is uppermost in my mind. Use the tools you have! If you have been trained and given a tool then use it! If you have been trained in DISC personality assessments use it. If you have been trained in Problem Solving then use the tool! If you have been taught how to run effective meetings through Facilitator Training then use the tools!

I would like to challenge you to take a look at the things you are currently dealing with, whether at work or home, with family or co-workers, and then take a look at your tool inventory. Tools are enablements. Effective leadership tools do not wear out or become outdated. They work whenever you choose to use them; the active words being ‘YOU CHOOSE’. Open the tool box and take an inventory. Some tools may be laying on the workbench because you use them every day. Great! Others may be gathering dust because you forgot you have them or never gained enough skill in their use to feel comfortable using them. When you are using all of the tools at your disposal, you then can see what additional tools would be helpful and get them. Some may need sharpening too. I try to constantly assess the condition of my tools, their accessibility and their condition.

I encourage you to take inventory. Be grateful for those who have provided you with the tools you have. Know what tools you have and use them! God bless you abundantly in 2016!