I just got back from the Catalyst Leadership Conference in Atlanta. 13,000 Leaders.
Andy Stanley started the 2-day conference and he ended it as the last speaker. He always amazes me when he states things I know; but challenges me with things I’ve never thought of.
He brought up the idea of having an Apprentice. And what convinced me that I need to have an Apprentice? This quote:
“Someday someone will do what you’re doing. Wouldn’t it be good to be there when they do it?”
It’s sobering to think about. But we’re all replaceable — wouldn’t it be GREAT to help prepare someone for your job!
How do we apprentice someone?
Never Work Alone: Model what you do. Explain Why you do it. Demonstrate how you do it.
It’s that simple.
But Andy added an important thing. We’re never told to “fill someone’s cup”; but instead we’re to “empty ours”. If you’re a step ahead of someone else; you can apprentice.
Still don’t feel you’re ready? Then that qualifies you — because no one EVER feels it. And if you do? Then you may check your humility.
I can’t imagine that anyone can learn from me. Or that I have THAT much to teach. But I want to apprentice someone. Someone who:
- Is willing to learn
- Will work hard
- Will have fun in the process
- Will teach me what they know too
So, the search begins. And the fun! Watching someone become better than me. I’m ready to replace myself. I just need the right person… anyone willing?