Some years ago I was at a health care conference in New Orleans. During one of the free periods where we could mingle with each other and look at what the vendors had to offer, I saw the organization’s outgoing president standing by herself for a moment and went over to talk to her.

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I told her that out of the almost 14 years at the time, that I’d been going to things like this, along with board meetings (I’d been a local chapter president most of those years) that she and one other president were the only people who ever made me feel like I was a regular person and deserved to be treated well. Not that anyone ever treated me badly per se, but no one ever really talked to me at all, which always gave me the impression that they thought they were better than me, or that I wasn’t really worth their time.
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I follow a lot of blogs, and I take a look at many others. One of the topics I cover on this blog, often obviously, is leadership. I’m big on leadership; without good leaders, everything goes to pot.

I check in on leadership blogs here and there, as well as read about leadership topics that pop up on other websites. The problem I see way too often if that there’s three things lacking. It could just be me, but I see:

1. No personality

2. No passion

3. No stories.
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“What I’m worth is the value I’m bringing to you right now.” James Altucher

The quote above was made in reference to a seminar Mr. Altucher was participating in when asked how much money he was worth. It’s always amazing to me that people feel free to ask others how much money they’re making when they believe someone is wealthy (this guy is), but if they were asked the same question they’d be all over the questioner about invading their privacy.

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I’ve talked about the subject of value 96 times on this blog over the years. Sometimes it was regarding monetary things, sometimes about personal values, and of course a business and personal lesson on values I got from my dad when I was first in business for myself.
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I’ve always been bad at remembering people’s names. I might go to a yearly party where I see some of the same people. But because I don’t see them more than once a year, I not only forget their names, but I forget pretty much everything about them except remembering that I’d seen them “somewhere”, often not remembering that the “somewhere” was at the previous party.

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Working alone for 19 years hasn’t helped me much with that issue. When I was traveling, it might take me a week to remember the names of the people I was working with regularly unless I spent a significant amount of time with them. For others, it might take me a month if I only saw them once a week. Name tags didn’t help; I’ve always had trouble looking quickly at them and seeing what a person’s name was.
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I was reading an article titled How To Measure And Develop Great Leaders. It was a pretty interesting, though short, article that talked about the need to help potential leaders, once you assess them, to learn how leadership actually works so that when they’re ready they won’t have to go through the challenges that most new managers have to deal with.

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Of course it was also a sales piece to promote their own assessment tool, but there’s nothing wrong with selling and educating at the same time. The premise was still sound, that being once an assessment has identified potential leaders, the real work has to begin in training them.
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