Speaker Panel Summary: “Servant Leadership” led by David Omholt on 5/11.

May 5, 2015

in Life Skills, Meeting Reports, Networking, New Jobs

A panel of experts spoke to the Job Seekers Network on May 11 on the subject of being a servant leader during your job search. David Omholt, founder and CEO of Entrepreneurial Authority, led the panel in a discussion of how helping others during a job search creates positive effects for everyone. Servant leadership was defined as “a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.” It was contrasted with the idea of traditional leadership, which follows the path of accumulating power rather than empowering others. David said everyone should listen to the radio station WIFY (What’s In it For You) and not WIFM (What’s In it For Me). He pointed to Zig Ziglar’s Law of Reciprocity as a good rule for personal conduct.

Doug and Donna Balser own the company College Nannies and Tutors. Doug said the law of reciprocity worked well for him 35 years ago when he was on a group camping trip. He noticed a young woman sitting alone and made a point of helping her to feel included. That young woman was Donna, and two years later they were married. He also mentioned that his father was a small business owner, and his business didn’t really multiply until he started acting intentionally to help the community.

Joe Zente of The Alternative Board said that everyone, and especially job seekers, needs to act from an attitude of abundance. He said, “Network in order to grow everyone’s pie, and your pie will grow too.” Craig Foster, Executive Director of the Job Seekers Network, voiced his agreement, saying that helping other people get a job brings you joy even when you don’t have a job yourself. David asserted that the most important time to help others is when you feel most beaten down.

David noted that his parents always taught him that “givers get.” He regularly takes mission trips to South America for the purpose of building cinder block houses and digging wells to provide clean water for poor villages. He said an easy way to be a servant to your network is to sign up at helpareporter.com. The site makes it easy to get friends noticed in the media.

The panelists offered these nuggets throughout the discussion:
Craig Foster: Read the book Halftime by Bob Buford. It’s all about how a mid-life crisis can be resolved by serving others.
Donna Balser: Do not be afraid to ask for help. People like to help, and they like to be asked.
David Omholt: There is a contagious energy in serving.
Joe Zente: Job seekers feel like there aren’t enough good jobs available. Employers feel that there aren’t enough good candidates available. The jobs do exist, but most aren’t advertised.
Craig shared some slides detailing the benefits of serving:
Serving connects you to others.
Serving is good for your mind and body. It has been clinically proven to
increase self-confidence
combat depression
stay physically healthy
increase happiness
Serving and volunteering can advance your career by providing good experience and new skills.
Craig also shared a passage of scripture that summed up the discussion:

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. —1 Peter 4:10

Over 20 job seekers showed up the next day at Reveal Ministries, a food and clothes bank, to serve.

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