The Value of Encouragement


I send out my Weekly E-couragement every Wednesday Morning to the clients I work with.  

I want to share the following inspirational story about leadership with you.  I hope that it provides a bit of encouragement to you and your staff!

 Frankly Speaking . . .

Don Bennett was the first amputee to climb to the summit of Mount Rainier.  That’s 14,410 feet on one leg and two crutches!

During a difficult portion of the climb, Bennett and his team had to cross an ice field.  To get across the ice, the climbers had to put crampons on their boots to prevent slipping and to dig into the ice for leverage and stability.  Unfortunately, with two crutches, and only one boot with a crampon, Bennett got stuck in the ice.  He determined that the only way to get across the ice field was to fall face forward onto the ice, pull himself as far forward as he could, stand up, and then fall forward again.  He was going to get across the ice field by falling down.

On that particular climb, his teenage daughter, Kathy, was with him, and she saw what was happening to her dad.  While the team leader cut holes in the ice so Bennett could hop onto clear snow and traverse the ice field, Bennett’s daughter stayed by his side through the entire four-hour struggle!  As Bennett hopped, she shouted in his ear: “You can do it, Dad.  You’re the best Dad in the world.  You can do it!”

“There is no way that I was not going to make it across that ice field with my daughter shouting in my ear!”  Bennett cried, after successfully completing his climb. “You want to know what leadership is?  What my daughter Kathy did was leadership!”

Kathy’s belief in her father and her verbal encouragement touched a place deep within Bennett, strengthening his resolve and commitment.

Now – just imagine how important our own beliefs and words are to our staff.  We can either choose to encourage them to higher levels of achievement – or, leave them in the ice of fear.

As teachers and educational leaders the choice is ours . . .

Dr. Frank Marangos is CEO and Founder of OINOS Educational Consulting. He received a Doctors Degree in Adult Education (Ed.D.) from NOVA Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and a Doctorate in Ministry and Childhood Education (D.Min.) from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). He is also a Certified Charitable Estate Planner (FCEP).

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Dr. Benedict Maniscalco, MD
Chairman and CEO of Heartbeat International Foundation, Inc.

“Frank’s professional background speaks for itself. His skills are unmatched. He has successfully led entire teams of professionals, clergy, and volunteers through complex strategic and development planning efforts and then rallied them to make those plans and their associated fundraising and capital formation programs a reality. Frank’s leadership skills are not born of a false sense of authority, but rather knowledge, experience, and true charity for those he serves.”
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The Pelican Group

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