Pay It Forward

by Dr. Rick Goodman on May 24, 2007

On Tuesday of this week I had the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of individualswho were either new supervisors or were learning to improve their leadership skills at a company called Gardner Denver in Houston, Texas . I always enjoy sharing information with individuals who really want to make a difference. It was obvious to me from the first minute of training that these individuals had the raw skills to develop into great leaders. It was interesting to note that their challenges were no different than the many challenges managers and supervisors are facing today. How to make their operations more efficient and customer service oriented while growing their company on the global level.

I get excited every time I have the opportunity to work with people who truly want to make a difference. The group left wanting to set goals for the future and help increase the productivity of their company by attracting outstanding talent for their organization. We covered various topics including Goalsetting, Time Management, Project management and Relationship Skills. We also covered the New York Yankees and the return of Roger Clemens a Hall of Famer who has shown in the past what it takes to be a great leader . This was the only part of the seminar that didn’t go over too big. However when I left at the end of the day everyone was still enthusiastic about the exciting possibilities and challenges they now faced.

It reminds me of the movie Pay It Forward. If every day we could make a difference in other people’s lives so that they may touch others and make a difference as well, we will be following the theme of the movie and be making a difference in the lives of all the people we come in contact with. This is the true meaning of leadership!

Dr. Rick Goodman works with organizations that want to develop great leaders by mining the gold within their own organization. For more information on Rick’s leadership training programs go to

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