Today we’re breaking bread with Jon Schober, the voice behind www.MaximizeOthers.com. MaximizeOthers is a blog centered around spiritual training and leadership, offering advice and strategies on how to be a more effective leader. As a spiritual life coach, Jon helps his clients create spiritual solutions in their lives. He focuses on each person’s God-given talents to help them find their calling, both professional and personal. Jon is an avid blogger, writer and podcaster who regularly offers support to a spiritual business community.
JS: I am a direct descendant of Davy Crockett. If you know the story of Texas Independence, you know that the battle cry during the final confrontation with Santa Anna’s army was “Remember the ALAMO.” I believe that an effective leader needs to Remember the ALAMO: Always Learning, Always Maximizing Others.
An effective leader never stops learning. Learning about their business, their industry, their people…all kinds of things. Leaders read, and they read to learn.
An effective leader has to know that it’s not about them, it’s about others and they need to be maximizing the strengths of others by creating conditions where they can fully use the gifts that God has given them.
SS: What is a common pitfall for people in a leadership position?
JS: The comfort of mediocrity. Let’s face it, it’s pretty easy in our culture to be “good enough.” A good enough employee. A good enough leader. A good enough Christian. A good enough whatever.
God is anything but mediocre. Look at the wonder of creation. Look at the splendor or the temple. Look at the extravagance of His love.
One day, I will stand before my maker and I want him to say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matthew 25:21 NLT)
SS: As a spiritual life coach, how do you help to equip others?
JS: Proverbs 25:2 is one of my favorite verses to share with clients: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” We just celebrated Easter, and our family (I have 7 children) had a fun time with the Easter Egg Hunt. Jennifer and I hid a bunch of eggs with candy and other surprises and had a great time watching our kids find all of the different prizes.
In many ways, God has hidden our “passion” or “purpose” from us in this same way. He receives joy by watching us trust Him that there’s a good prize to be found, and we gain the character that we need in the search.
SS: In your experience with coaching, what are some of the traits or habits of people who have made big changes in their lives?
JS: Execution – They take action.
Resiliency – They learn from their mistakes, failures, and wrong turns on life’s journey.
The company they keep – People who do great things are intentional about who they hang around with. They seek out and find coaches, mentors, employees, and friends that will bring them to new levels of success.
BONUS – As a bonus, if you want to make a big change in your life, accept responsibility for all of it…never blame anyone for the bad things that happen, and always give credit to others for helping you on your success journey.
SS: What do you find most fulfilling about spiritual and leadership coaching?
JS: Let me answer that question with the Vision Statement for Maximize Others Leadership Resources: In 5 years, I want others to say that Maximize Others Leadership Resources has encouraged and empowered thousands of motivated, high potential individuals and people focused organizations to operate in their core design and maximize their strengths so they can deliver world class products and services that impact individuals and communities on a global stage.
A big thank you to Jon for discussing leadership and coaching with us! You can find out more about Jon by visiting his website. Readers of this blog can download a FREE copy of Jon’s book Add Zing to Your Quest for Maximum Success: 5 Steps to Make Your Vision a Reality at http://maximizeothers.com/BreakingDailyBread.
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