One person we’ve both gotten to know through the exchanging of tweets (told ya) is internationally known speaker and best-selling author Dondi Scumaci.
Dondi has become quite a Personal Walking Ambassador of The Go-Giver. We have so much respect for her and the value she adds to the lives of everyone she touches that, when she told us recently that Pindar is often a guest at her company meetings, we asked her if she’d please fill us in on the details.
I have long embraced the idea of book discussion clubs and often recommend them to my clients. For me, it’s not just a recommendation, it’s a corporate discipline. Around here, we choose a business or personal growth book and read it as a team. We hold ourselves accountable with a weekly debrief, discussing what we’ve learned and how we plan to apply those lessons individually and as an organization.
Our latest selection was The Go-Giver.
With this one, we added more than a book to our library. I am delighted to report that we’ve added Pindar. Yes, the Old Man has been attending our meetings! He is always a welcome addition. (He has also been known to show up unannounced for lunch or a cup of coffee.)
It started when we accepted Pindar’s challenge to apply each of the laws, or forfeit the next appointment. And forfeiting was not an option!
As the story unfolded we became rather attached to the marvelous characters, especially to Pindar. Thinking about how I would practice each of the five laws, both personally and professionally, I wondered what the Old Man would say if he met with us—or who he might introduce us to.
So I decided to invite him. Not as an observer, mind you—as a participant.
We don’t have big meetings. They tend to be spontaneous, informal and more non-traditional. We might meet on our feet or while playing a game of strategy. I think Pindar likes it that way, too. I don’t think Pindar will sit through a boring meeting, or one without purpose. And I know for sure that he would not engage in “blame-storming” or excuse-making. He wouldn’t be interested in that at all. (Actually I think it would grieve him.)
Pindar helps us think differently! He asks questions like:
1. How can you increase your value to every contact, client, event … and each other?
2. What are the strategies and disciplines that will allow you to serve more people in better ways?
3. Where are the opportunities to connect people?
4. Do we really allow the Law of Receptivity to operate in us and through us?
5. In what ways are we blocking the flow?
6. How would a Go-Giver approach this problem or opportunity?
7. Who do you want to meet?
It seems fitting that our “Go-Giver debriefs” take place on Fridays: evidently, we are the Friday Guest! And we are always glad to see the Old Man at the table. He makes us better. He challenges us.
That is the sign of really great book. It changes you forever.
Thank you, Bob and John, for such a gift!
Thank you, Dondi, for being such a gift to us, and everyone reading this post. You are awesome, my friend!