A Few Words Can Make a Difference

The Power of a Word

What role does a leader play in casting a vision for the individual employees in his or her business? In this video, Don Soderquist, retired COO of Walmart, shares the story of the single most powerful conversation he ever had—a unlikely leader who transformed Don’s career with a just a few words. 

Don credits the uncomfortable meeting with an unlikely ally as the turning point for his career. His vision of his own potential changed in one simple conversation, and launched Don on a path that would take him to great heights as a business leader. A few words made a big difference. 

Have you ever had someone cast a vision for your own potential? If so, how did it affect your life? Your career?
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In your business, who could you challenge to become a better version of themselves?
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What is one other insight you gained from Don’s story? How can you apply it to your leadership today?
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We know that words have power, but coming from a leader, they can transform people. As you lead your company, keep your eyes peeled and ears open for opportunities to cast a vision for the individuals in your company. You may have an impact on them that lasts for decades. 

For more insights and teaching from Don Soderquist, check out the full course Leadership with a Purpose.  

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Download two free chapters of Don’s book, Live, Learn, Lead, here.