I was reading a chapter in the book a “Portable Pep Talk” that compared an organization to the several types of bones. On our way to a million people, I began to think of the different people that our community will draw. Here are the top ten types of bones we may run across…
- Wishbones operate their lives on the wish principle, they wish someone would build the business for them. They also wish that the meeting was on Monday’s, they wish the sign up cost was lower, they wish that the seminars were shorter.
- Jawbones are always talking about what needs to be done. They always have an opinion on how to show the business plan, how to deliver the open, how to followup with a prospect. The jawbones are notorious for jumping your guest at the open and providing all kinds of destructive advice. They rarely get any new people to join their business because they talk them in and then talk them out.
- Knucklebones love to knock what everyone else is doing. They don’t have time to work because they are too busy knocking others efforts.
- Chickenbones are notorious for being scardy cats . They hide behind time, money, work, family, and any other excuse that masks their fears.
- Neckbones are great watchers. They are at everything just watching others succeed. Neckbones can also cop and attitude for no apparent reason at all. (So be careful around a neckbone, if a neckbones starts to roll the neck watch out!)
- Tailbones are the lazy types, they have never seen a couch that they were not drawn to. Tailbones are chief procrastinators, always deferring work for the comfort of the buttocks.
- T-Bones are a big group, The “T” stand for TRYING! T-Bones are always trying to make something happen. They often mistake a TRY for a DO. If you ask a T-Bones for a commitment, expect them to say that they will try.
- Fishbones are prone to getting stuck in a position and not moving forward.
- Hipbones are the cool people, they think that they are too cool to really do this. They are really into status.
- Backbones are the leadership type. They understand self sacrifice for the good of the team. Backbones are the cement that holds a body together, and often these leaders can be found as a part of a depth squad.
Funny thing about bones, they can be hard to identify based upon outward appearances. As with babies, often our business bones are soft and in need of tender care until they become strong. Over time we have to be careful that our bones do not become brittle and easily broken by supplying the proper nutrients.
One thing for sure it takes all types to make a large community, and we all may be out here looking for a backbone leader, but I would suggest as opposed to looking for a backbone leader, we should strive to become a backbone leader. What type of bone do you want to become?