3 Easy Ways to Lead by Example

I first coined this back in November of 2019.

“The moment you ever think a task at the company you own is beneath you, you lose. How can you expect someone who doesn’t even have a stake in the company to be willing to do things that the owner is not willing to do?” — Harrison Wendland

That was when I really started thinking about this.

I think about having my own company all the time. There are various things that I would do but I’ll focus on three for today.

1. Handwrite birthday cards to everyone.

This was something that I read a great article about a few years ago and it stuck with me.

Here is the article: “8000 Birthday Cards a Year

I liked it so much that I committed to doing this.

I posted that same article on LinkedIn a few years back after I saw it and shared with my community that I was totally behind this. I still am.

At my current office we have birthday cards that we give out for people but a personalized card from the leader of the company would be a whole different animal.

Within the current organization, I know that there is an individual who manages all of the birthday cards and ensures that everyone receives a card on their birthday. But, I want to take it a step further.

I have already acquired a bulk grouping of 50 birthday cards that can be used for nearly anyone. There are many that can fit with whomever I need a card for. Then, I can personalize it on the inside with a thoughtful and sentimental note. I believe that it’s time to begin for real.

There are, what, 30 people in the company? A little more than that.

I can do that, EASY.

It’s time.

The reasoning here is that it recognizes the individual. It shows that they don’t go unnoticed. I already strive to acknowledge everyone I work with for their work, and that’s great. I can go beyond that.

I will write birthday cards for each and every person as their birthday comes around. It’s simple and it only takes a few moments for me to do. The impact that it can have on someone within the company is what matters most though. It’s not enough to simply do what everyone else does. I must take it further and do more.

I can talk about writing birthday cards for everyone once I have my own company all I want but I must start somewhere. The best place to begin is with the company that I’m already a part of, it’s time.

2. Work alongside each and every person

My current role is called Project Manager/Coordinator and Executive Assistant.

Ultimately, I do whatever needs to get done within the company.

If someone needs help — it’s me.

If someone needs something expedited — it’s me.

As Tim Grover says about cleaners, “When everyone hits the ‘in case of emergency’ button, they’re all looking for you.”

That’s the mission, that’s the vision.

I need to know how to do anything and everything.

I need the answers.

That’s my job.

But more than that, it’s my duty.

Especially as I aspire to have my own organization in the future, I need to know all facets of the company, I should be the expert on it all. There is nothing below me and nothing above me in the organization.

Do we need new desk chairs ordered and built? On it.

We need people to come in on Saturday to pack some products for a large shipment? On it.

We need someone to get food for lunch? On it.

We need someone to look into some credit card transactions? On it.

We need someone to clean out an office? On it.

“The moment you ever think a task at the company you own is beneath you, you lose. How can you expect someone who doesn’t even have a stake in the company to be willing to do things that the owner is not willing to do?” — Harrison Wendland

As the leader of an organization, I will strive to maintain that same level of humility and practice the same work ethic. I will continue to work with anyone and everyone. And as hard as it may be, I will aspire to know each and every person at a personal level within the organization.

Because the truth is, without the team, without the employees — nothing is impossible and the business falters and fails.

3. Tithe on the profits.

It is very clear in the Bible. God wants our first fruits.

One of my mentors and his partner led a company that tithed on all the profits. And that business was abundantly blessed but beyond that, they were focused and centered on God.

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” — Malachi 3:10 NIV
“Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.” — Proverbs 3:9–10 NIV

The Bible is explicit.

Give the first to God.

After all, everything in this spectacularly amazing world is God’s — He created it all.

Some people don’t believe that or agree with the beliefs that I have and that’s okay.

But, I have a call on my life. Jesus said,

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19–20 NIV


And then… make disciples.

I will lead by example and if anyone asks why the company gives 10% of ALL profits to the church BEFORE any charitable giving, I’ll tell them — gladly.

This is something that not only brings me joy to do but is something I am so grateful to have the opportunity to do.

God is our masterful Creator. That means everything I have the opportunity to create is really HIS creation. With that in mind, I must build for the kingdom — not for this world.

Three things that I will do when I have my own company:

1. Handwrite birthday cards to everyone.
2. Work alongside each and every person
3. Tithe on the profits.

“I want to build the biggest building by building the biggest building, I see way too many people want to build the biggest building by tearing everybody else’s building down.” — Gary Vaynerchuk
“One of the most important lessons of my life is this: leave more on the table for the other guy than he thinks he should get. One of the most important rules in capitalism is incentive.” — Ken Langone
“You will never grow and expand if you refuse to let go of control.” — Raul Villacis

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