One of the great blessings in my life was having had the opportunity to study for one year under Dr. Mike Moses. Dr. Moses has had a rather amazing career as an educator in Texas, including stints as the superintendent of schools in the Lubbock and Dallas ISDs, as well as serving as the Commissioner of Education of Texas from 1995-1999.
One of the many impactful things Mike taught me/us is that you can tell what’s important to someone by watching two things: how they spend their time and how they spend their money.
Through careful observation I became increasingly convinced of the correctness of that assertion. With respectful deference to Dr. Moses I’d like to add a third telling indicator: watching how people invest their effort.
Investments along those dimensions are quite telling, for all of us.
Before choosing who we’ll follow it is wise guidance indeed to assess carefully…
1) How those leaders spend their time.
2) How those leaders spend their money.
3) How those leaders spend their effort.
Taking a look at ourselves through the same lenses is helpful practice, as well.
Choose wisely for best results.