Author Archives: Dave Ober Leadership
My wife and I so grateful to God for leading our family to the LIFE business. The following article is an example of how being a part of a character, principle based leadership culture has helped our 22 year old son to stand out among his peers!
Honoring a young marine! http://db.tt/hx4IGXbC
Dan Hawkins : What is leadership and why does it matter?.
Over the holidays Beth and I have had the privilege to spend time with our business partners and friends in St. Pete Beach, Florida. We spent time laughing, sharing funny stories, reflecting back over the past year and strategizing for the new year. Those awesome people were Denny and Donna Smith, Mike and Lynnette Parr, (and son Brayden), Tony and Sharon Hoffman, (and daughters Maile and Madison), and Kolynn and Lynn Kelly. It was the first time we have ever celebrated the new year on the beach. With the 75-80 degree weather, sunny days with powder-like sand… it was a grand way to relax, re-charge, sharpen the ax (lots of reading) and get ready for an awesome 2012! Being from Pennsylvania, the vitamin D really felt good!
As LIFE continues to grow, and as I meet with more and more people and companies… I’m finding with the economic climate FUN and FRIENDS is something that people really need to work on. Many times executives express the opinion that business owners and executives are under so much stress that they don’t have fun. With trying to meet quotas, keep stock-holders happy, board of directors… going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark, conflict, turn-over, etc… these executives go home many times so stressed they shut down and in-turn cause relationship issues with family.
Executives absolutely love the holistic approach to improving LIFE in all areas because all areas are inner-woven. If you are having problems at work, it can affect relationships at home, and vice-versa.
Having a master-mind group of trusted friends, (like the ones listed above) is also extremely important. It provides a safe environment so that you can share thoughts, ideas, and gain perspective and not feel like you are being judged. This also provides much-needed accountability which keeps you on track and allows for continuous course correction and adjustment.
Find trusted friends and create times of fun in 2012. Work hard, Play hard!
My wife and I are so proud of our son who is a United States Marine and for his commitment to excellence in all areas of his life! We are so grateful for the LIFE leadership system which has made a huge difference in all of our children’s lives I know without a doubt that if God hadn’t led us to this extraordinary group of people we wouldn’t be where we are today! We always tell our children it doesn’t take much more effort to stand out as a leader in today’s world. I love the book that came down in our system called The Slight Edge. That is exactly what it is, that slight edge everyday of growing and keeping your priorities in focus, in all areas of life- a holistic approach to life! That is one of the many things we love about the LIFE system of 4 cds and a book a month! Read the article below it is a true testament to Gods grace and the LIFE system! Josh is 21!
Subj: RECOMMENDATION OF CORPORAL OBER, JOSHUA J. 4342/6423 FOR
(a) GruO 1400.2AEncl: (1) Meritorious Sergeant Data Sheet
1. Per the reference, Corporal Ober is eligible and enthusiastically recommended for Meritorious Sergeant.
2. Enclosures (1) through (9) are submitted as required.
3. Since Corporal Ober’s assignment to the Avionics Division, he has built a reputation among his peers as a knowledgeable, motivated, and conscientious Marine. He is assigned as the Tool Control Primary Representative, the Foreign Object Damage Primary Representative, as well as the Hazardous Material Alternate Representative for work center 690. He continuously sets the example in everything he does, from physical fitness to MOS proficiency. His military bearing, personal appearance, and small unit leadership skills have set him apart from his peers. His personal and professional conduct has always set the example for junior Marines to emulate. He out distances his peers with superb initiative and knowledge of his primary MOS. Having no Sergeants in W/C 690, Corporal Ober constantly strives to assume responsibilities and duties normally reserved for a Sergeant. In recent months, Corporal Ober has shown exemplary proficiency as a Quality Assurance Collateral Duty Inspector. He performs his duties with integrity and tenacity. His personal work ethics are of the highest standards and he always strives to become a better Marine. In addition, he is actively involved in the Aerial Observer program with HMHT-302. Corporal Ober is also currently in Black Belt course in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Outside of work he is associated in a leadership development company called L.I.F.E. (Living Intentionally For Excellence), and receives four CD’s and one book every month in the mail to ensure that he is constantly becoming a more efficient and effective leader. Corporal Ober is the embodiment of the Marine Corps traits of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. It is with the utmost pleasure that I enthusiastically recommend Corporal Ober for Meritorious Sergeant F.YI. Corporal Ober won meritorious board Sergeant 1/12/2012
Are you living your life on purpose or by accident? Are you living your priorities or your obligations? Are you living life or is life living you? Charles Perkerst said, “Purpose is what gives life meaning.” What gives your life meaning? What is it that inspires you, wakes you up in the morning, drives who you are and what you do? Fulfilling this dream is what gives purpose and meaning to life.
I believe many, at some point in their journey, get to the point that you ask yourself, “Is there something more to life?” With the ever-increasing amount of pressure placed on our lives today, this question is being asked more and more. People are searching for something more!
Victor Frankl, a man captured and tortured in the Nazi concentration camps, lost everything, including his family, stripped even from his clothing, left for dead many times, still had the will to live. In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, said “Many mental and emotional illnesses are really symptoms of an underlying sense of meaninglessness or emptiness.” Frankl had a reason to live strong enough to overcome the struggle to push through. Frankl has said that in the concentration camps, when people would lose there will to live, they would be dead by morning.
In life, if you reject that you’ve been created than purpose is meaningless. God is the only one who can give true meaning and purpose to your life. As we detect our purpose, one man likened this process to discovering and unearthing an important archeological artifact. This is a time-consuming process that as small layers of soil are removed, the artifact becomes more and more visible until it is totally unearthed and displayed to the world. Individually, our purposes in life are a lot like that. We may feel for years as though we are digging for it. This can be a slow and painstaking process. But sticking to the search, we eventually start to uncover small bits and pieces of what God has built and equipped us to do. Continued exploration, our purpose becomes clearer, than enthusiastically embraced. As General Douglas MacArthur said, “Every man should be embarrassed to die until he accomplishes something great in this world.” Many times doing something great in this world may mean that you have done your personal best and are faithful wherever God has placed you. It doesn’t have to be loud and noticed by the world.
Through many successes and failures in my life, God has revealed His purpose. It has been very slow and painstaking, but in the midst of the storms of life there has always been that underlying sense of purpose. As my mother always told me, “God has a very special purpose for you.” Among others, Charles ‘T’ Jones and Orrin Woodward are two men in my life that have been great examples and mentors to help detect my purpose.
My wife and I are so grateful that God brought TEAM/LIFE at a very critical time into our lives. TEAM/LIFE is a community of like-minded people on a journey together. The individuals, couples, and families that my wife and I have had the privilege to help through the TEAM/LIFE system has been incredible.
If your purpose is to be the best house-wife, father, mother, child, doctor, lawyer, pastor, teacher, ditch digger, accountant, janitor, physical therapist, manager, supervisor, etc. the TEAM/LIFE system will help you in all areas of your life.
This is exactly what Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the Policy Counsel have created. They detected their purpose and now thousands, soon hundreds of thousands, and then millions of people will buy into this purpose of making a difference in people’s lives through the TEAM/LIFE system. Not only are people buying into this vision, Orrin and the Policy Counsel are mentoring and duplicating themselves into other leaders who will in-turn develop other leaders. And in that, TEAM/LIFE is creating a new industry. Just as McDonald’s and Ray Kroc; Wal-Mart and Sam Walton; Microsoft and Bill Gates; Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg created new industries. Within 5 years of 11-01-11 LIFE and Orrin Woodward will become a household name. Because Orrin Woodward detected his purpose. There is no question in my mind, God has his divine hand on TEAM/LIFE business for this moment in our history.
Andy Stanley, author of The Next Generation Leader, says, “To become a leader worth following you must give time and attention to the inner man. To leave a legacy that goes beyond accomplishment alone, a leader must devote himself to matters of the heart.” Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can handle adversity, but if you really want to test a man’s character – give him power.” Orrin’s example, by the life he lives, has earned the right to go down in history as one of the most influential leaders of our time.
I would like to recognize and thank my wife, Beth; the CD, LLR 497, Living on Purpose by Orrin Woodward; the Books, Launching A Leadership Revolution, by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady; and Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl; for aiding in this blog. Sincerely, Dave Ober