So, I've got a quick plug for an event this Friday, May 12th for the Young Professionals of the Twin Counties called Think Like An Intrapreneur! It is a part of the Slate of Eight series, and I will be speaking about the importance of having an entrepreneurial mindset no matter where you are in life. You can sign up for the event here. It's going to be awesome. 


This week I am talking about leading to the next level. I just had the opportunity of talking about this with the top producer of elevator products and cables in the world, Draka Elevator Products, Inc. The president of Draka and my good friend, Mr. Sterrett Lloyd asked me to come talk with his team about how they can transition to another level of leadership. Every organization goes through periods where they hit stagnation and have to strategize on how to reach the next level. You have to realize that you cannot continue to live off of the successes of the past, but keep improving where you are now to get to greater heights.

These big transitions start with the leader of the organization and the spirit of the organization. Effective leadership has to be developed. You may have a team that has every credential possible. You may have a team of people who are insanely qualified, but without drive and passion and constant hunger for success, your team will get into a state of complacency. Complacency is impending danger.

What separates the good from the great is not those who are smarter, but those who want it more. What separates the great musicians and athletes from the average ones are those who continue to practice when no one else is.

That same spirit has to be in your organization in order to keep thriving. You have to create a dynamic where your team members are challenging themselves for the good of who you all are. They have to be saying that we are going to be as successful as we can possibly be not just for money but to be able to apply our craft and provide for society in a way that no one else is.

Getting to the next level is not an 8 point plan that you stick to for 10 years. It is a spirit of hunger and passion and drive that continues to propel you forward.

This starts with the leadership of the organization casting your vision and inspiring greatness every single day.


-David L. Joyner and the Joyner Media & Strategies Team