On my way to work I listened to one of the lessons in Dave Ramsey’s new Financial Peace University class. I won’t give it away because I want YOU to sign up for the class (you know who you are). I will share one concept he discusses in this lesson and how I think it applies to leadership, career and family life.
Dave shares a concept presented originally by Zig Ziglar. He explains how a Giant Belgian horse can pull 8000 lbs on its own but when paired up with another one without prior interaction or training, they can pull 24000 lbs. If they are trained to work together, they can pull 32000 lbs; three times the amount of a single horse.
Here are a couple of examples of how I have seen this principle applied in leadership and also family life:
- We had a big presentation with our client at work. Everyone prepared a small piece of the puzzle for a day-long event. I was excited and nervous because I am the project lead and it is a big responsibility. After a couple of hours, we just coached the client on what to do, stepped back and let them do their thing. I had goosebumps. We recognized each other’s expertise and equipped each other. We accomplished more than what I had thought. The meeting was a success.
- My husband is very smart in many ways, but he is very good with math and finances. I am good with bargain shopping and ever since I had my first job a age 15 I learned to work hard, save up and not borrow money. Together, however, we have accomplished way more than we did when we were single, even though neither one of us had debt. We started off on the right foot when we paid cash for our wedding and honeymoon. We now have bought our dream home after only 8 years of marriage. We will have it paid off by the time we retire. We’re saving for our kids college and retirement. We experience constantly how one plus one equals three.
Let your team know that you value their skills and help them win by harnessing their power. Let your family win by combining the gifts each of you has to help you build a successful life.
How have you experienced that one plus one equals three?