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The LIFE TEAM Community
The LIFE TEAM Business is growing across North America. Who is this leadership community and what is the purpose of LIFE Team?
What is LIFE?
LIFE is an innovative leadership company that has combined the best parts of four industries.
1. Home Based Business
2. Community Building
4. Life Coaching
Home Based Businesses (HBB) are exploding. Riding on several trends that enhance it effectiveness, many men and women are working at home today. Mitch Renkow, economics specialist elaborates: Three key trends promise expanding opportunities for some small and home-based businesses while diminishing returns for others. They include:
1. Rapid advances in information and telecommunications technologies
2. An ever more integrated global economy
3. Changes in the shopping habits of consumers
Communities have been in decline for over fifty years. Author Jon Tyson writes:
From Wall Street traders to advertising executives, from nannies to MTV producers, it seems that in some fundamental way we are incurably communal. What’s ironic is that all of these people are living in New York City, surrounded by millions of people, yet feeling incredibly alone. Though they may feel like it, these people are not alone. This loss of community has in some ways become our collective experience of American life.
This relational disconnection was first identified and popularized in the year 2000 in Robert Putnam’s work Bowling Alone.
1. Simply put, he proposed that America was losing its sense of community, or its social capital — the reality that we are a part of “the whole,” and that we participate in small but significant ways to the greater good. He noticed “that we sign fewer petitions, belong to fewer organizations that meet, know our neighbors less, meet with friends less frequently, and even socialize with our families less often.”
2. Putnam went on to suggest that changes in work, family structure, age, suburban life, television, computers, women’s roles, and other factors have contributed to this decline.
One of LIFE’s major initiatives is to bring people together into a community of encouragement, unity, and growth. When a tide is rising it lifts all ships and LIFE’s goal is to help raise the tide by bringing people together in communities. When LIFE marries the best of Home Based Businesses and Community the results is communities where the people are reward for referring others into the community in a win-win fashion. Lead a little; bonus a little. However, Lead a lot; LIFE bonuses a lot. This allows people to choose their own level of commitment and bonuses.
Remember, in an HBB, you are in business for yourself, but in a community, you are not by yourself. In other words, the community meets people at their needs and helps them become better.
This is where leadership and personal development come in. LIFE is built around the internationally acclaimed leadership principles in Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book Launching a Leadership Revolution. Both Chris and Orrin were recognized as two of the Top 30 Leadership Gurus. They co-authored (Leadership and Liberty and Tidbits and Treasure, and L.I.F.E.) and solo authored (Rascal for Chris and RESOLVED for Orrin) numerous top selling books. In addition, Orrin Woodward just won the 2011 IAB Leadership Award.
LIFE’s leadership pedigree is second to none. With leaders of this caliber, anyone can learn to lead and the community ensures the principles are taught and applied within the leadership growth groups. For example, reading a book is good, but it pales in comparison to living it within a growing community of like-minded people. This is what LIFE is – a community of people who desire to improve personally and professionally with the ability to own a home based business if so inclined.
What leadership materials does LIFE offer?
The LIFE series offers life skill Family, Fitness, Freedom, Fun, Friends, and Finances. This a monthly subscription oF: 4 CDs and a book for $50. YOU heard it right Fifty bucks! Why so low? Because LIFE wants to reach people that the rest of the leadership field ignores. How many people can afford thousand of dollar seminars and multiple hundred dollar CD packs?
The Following category is served through the Launching a Leadership Revolution subscription which includes: 4 CDs and a book for $50. Yup another steal! Everyone can afford to be part of LIFE and begin associating with people who are growing and advancing.
Furthermore, for those interested in growing in the Faith F, the All Grace Outreach series. This is a non-denominational Biblical message and includes: 1 CD and 1 Book for $25. All corporate profits from the sale of this series goes to the All Grace Outreach charity to support numerous Christian charitable organizations.
Finally, LIFE coaching is by leaders with proven results within the community. LIFE believes that a certificate does not qualify someone for life coaching, but a life well lived does. Remember, in leadership, example isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. Based upon a person’s willingness to grow, they will receive mentoring at no additional cost, since everyone wins when the community grows.
When LIFE combines these four trends into the TEAM community which has weekly growth groups and a monthly seminar, we have a recipe for long-term success.
Why join LIFE?
Since a person cannot advance beyond his or her personal leadership ability, when his or her leadership improves, life improves. The bad news is that leadership across North America is in real trouble, with government debt rising, companies struggling, jobs melting away, and character in decline in nearly every profession.
The good news, however, is that LIFE is a plan to restore character based leadership at the grass roots level. Instead of waiting for politicians to fix the mess, let’s develop our leadership and fix it ourselves. Imagine a business where you are paid to improve yourself and others? Crazy but true? Life has thousand of satisfied customers and members. Check out one of our leadership groups for yourself and see the LIFE difference.
How do I build LIFE?
When a person joins LIFE, he joins a leadership growth group (LGG). Leaders who have more experience and results help get you started by reading, listening, and associating. By attending the weekly LGG, you will learn from top leaders on principles for personal and professional success. For those who desire to go from being part of the community to a group leader, they can start their own home-based business. In order to become a leader, one must first be an apprentice and learn how to lead one of the growth groups.
1. LIFE teaches leadership and personal development
2. Team teaches community building principles
Where does LIFE meet?
Because LIFE is home-based, we start in people’s homes. Bigger meetings are in hotels conference rooms and the larger meetings fill stadiums across America. Leadership growth groups join together for larger monthly seminars which combine several times a year for major conventions.
In 2011, reporter Stephen Marche pinpointed the painful paradigm of today's static classes:
There are some truths so hard to face, so ugly and so at odds with how we imagine the world should be, that nobody can accept them. Here's one: It is obvious that a class system has arrived in America — a recent study of the thirty-four countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that only Italy and Great Britain have less social mobility.
"What if democratic voting isn’t the key to securing freedoms at all? More pointedly, if it is, why have Americans lost their freedoms at an increasing rate since we inaugurated our full fledged democracy around the turn of the 20th century?" Orrin Woodward states in his article, The American Constituation - A Republic if you can keep it.
2012 is a year of new beginnings for some with hope and possibilities for many.
A fulfilling, passionate life comes from the inside out. Many of us sense that something vital is missing in our life. By society’s standards, we may already be considered successful. We never go hungry, all our needs are met, we have our friends and our family. But something is missing, and deep in our soul is a stubborn insistence that there must be more to life.
You want to make a difference in our world. A world that seems to be on the edge of something disastrous. Disastrous in finances and morals for starters. We want more in our jobs, more in our homes, more in every relationship. We reach out for a life that crackles with hope, enthusiasm, energy, and anticipation. And we hope beyond hope that we can wrap our fingers around it and claim it as our own so that we might experience a life wide open.
Jack London articulates this kind of life! “I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
But… something is holding us back… Yes, we must admit… We are afraid. We’re afraid that life wide open will be too wide open. It may streak into the sky like a comet, beyond our control, outside our comfort zone. We want to be passionate, but we don’t want to appear insane! We want to plunge in, but we don’t want to get wet, or worse yet, drown. So we stand, glued to the dock, gazing, with anticipation at the water and dipping in a toe every now and then, imagining what it must be like to swim. Something, we know, has to happen. It’s called the leap of faith, and there’s no such thing as a halfway leap.
To find the passion you seek, to find out how to fill that emptiness in the big black hole in your life, you must be passionate about seeking.
I believe you have that seeker heart. Something vitally important is missing at the core of your soul, and, despite the apprehension you feel, you are ready to GO FOR IT!!!
Don’t be like the writer who came to this realization too late:
FIRST I WAS DYING TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL AND START COLLEGE.
AND THEN I WAS DYING TO FINISH COLLEGE AND START WORKING.
AND THEN I WAS DYING TO MARRY AND HAVE CHILDREN.
AND THEN I WAS DYING FOR MY CHILDREN TO GROW OLD ENOUGH SO I COULD RETURN TO WORK.
AND THEN I WAS DYING TO RETIRE.
AND NOW… I AM DYING… AND SUDDENLY REALIZE I FORGOT TO LIVE.
Join the monthly LIFE subscription. One of the awesome benefits of being a part of the LIFE subscriptions has been the quality of books. For example, Info from this blog came from the book, LIFE Wide Open, -by Dr. David Jeremiah. Being on subscription will help direct you and the company you work for or own. It will begin answering some of your questions. With our holistic, character based, leadership development approach; you will grow to a whole new level, in all areas of your life. You will be amazed at the results and the incredible changes that will take place in your life. THE FUTURE STARTS RIGHT NOW! DON’T WASTE ANOTHER MINUTE!
Knowing what you believe and why you believe it will give you a foundation and security to help others.
Helpful information to help you find your purpose is found in the following books:
1. LAUNCHING A LEADERSHIP REVOLUTION -by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady
2. RESOLVED 13 Resolutions For LIFE -by Orrin Woodward
3. RASCAL Making A Difference By Becoming An Original Character -by Chris Brady
IT’S TIME TO LAUNCH ***YOUR*** LEADERSHIP REVOLUTION!
Orrin Woodward’s LIFE Leadership Principles
(The article is in italics with my comments following)
“During the past two years when most of America is experiencing a recession and downsizing, Quillen Bros. Windows has increased its sales – 16 percent in 2009 and over 16 percent in 2010. In only 12 years, Quillen Bros. has grown to be nationally recognized as the 106th largest exterior replacement contractor in the nation. Quillen Bros. Windows has also received two national awards from Qualified Remodeler and Replacement Contractor, and are the fifth largest in Ohio.
Times are tough right now. You can either get bitter or choose to get better! Over two years ago, we chose to focus on self-improvement vs. home improvement! Bob Quillen has introduced and implemented a leadership self-development culture in his company.”
We focus on growing in five areas of our lives – Faith • Family • Fitness • Finances • Fun. When the person grows so does your company! “Build the man and everything he touches will grow,” says Mr. Quillen. “Change is inevitable, but growth is optional,” says Quillen.
Though Quillen doesn’t mention Orrin Woodward, TEAM or Orrin’s leadership of TEAM specifically, this is exactly what Orrin’s discussing in a leadership video he’s in on YouTube.
“If we grow personally in our leadership development now, when the tide turns and the economy gets better, we will be well equipped to recover a bigger part of the market share.
As the owner of the company, it is my responsibility to sell the vision and create systems that measure growth and accountability. But I give all the credit to our team of 18 to 20 employees who brought into the vision and make a daily commitment to become a better person.”
Quillen’s arguement is true. Everyone’s personally responsible for their own growth; no one can force you to become a leader and that’s what I’ve seen in Orrin Woodward’s leadership style…accountability.
A Leader with Vision
Imagine the serious competitive edge that Quillen Bros., Inc. will have after the economy changes. Quillen understands what Orrin’s been teaching for years: a true leader must sell the vision to those whom he or she leads.
Quillen’s an effective leader with solid vision. His understanding that employees (such as these men in the picture to the left and below) aren’t just ‘there’ as a line item in an accounting spreadsheet; they are actually people with dreams, fears and needs.
In Orrin Woodward’s book, Launching a Leadership Revolution: Mastering the Five Levels of Influence he quotes George Barna,
“[Leaders] have to own the vision completely. It must be a perception of a coming reality to which [they] are totally committed.” (Launching A Leadership Revolution, pgs. 8-9)
Orrin Woodward Leadership Evidence: The Law of the Harvest
I’ve talked to Orrin about what I like to call The Law Of The Harvest in relations to personal development and leadership. The Law of the Harvest is loosely based on Aesop’s famous fable of the Grasshopper and the ants.
Essentially, you’ll always reap what you’ve sown.
In the fable, the simple-minded grasshopper spent wasted away all his time during both Spring and Summer dancing and fiddling away his days rather than planting seed or gathering in food for the Fall harvest time as did the ants.
The grasshopper, in his smug arrogance mocks the ants for toiling away in the summer heat when there was so much fun to be had.
The ants, always head down and working would occasionally stop and scold the grasshopper for his idleness and prophesied that he would suffer the consequences of his choices not to prepare.
The grasshopper ignored the ants repeated warnings and continued to play until the cold, stark reality of Winter set in and he found himself completely unprepared.
Application of LIFE Leadership Principles
Quillen is intelligently taking what Orrin and the TEAM group are exposing in the LIFE philosophy….personal accountability and responsibility for your own success.
“Quillen Bros. is a local company that specializes in replacement windows and patio doors. We are experts in our profession and are proud of our model of “new world technology combined with an old world workmanship.
We assist and control all aspects of the job, from manufacturing, sales, finance, installation and service. We do not telemarket, and offer a variety of options from which to choose.“
(Paranthetically, it’s refreshing to see someone not doing telemarketing!)
“We are all about living LIFE: Living Intentionally for Excellence . We want to thank the local community for trusting us and allowing us to serve them.“
Quillen sums it up as a true servant leader should; by thanking those who’ve helped his business weather the recession. Again, another kudo to Orrin’s brilliance as a leader.
I’m about giving props to those who offer great service therefore if you’re in the Ohio area, I suggest giving the Quillen Bros. a call: 419-636-1303 or visit them online at www.quillenbrosinc.com
To true leadership!
Hannibal Noms deGuerre