management and leadership

Soles for Souls Former Chief Wayne Elsey Quick Hits

Wayne Elsey is the founder of Soles4Souls, a shoe charity aimed at adults and children in need. Currently he is the head coach at branding and communications agency Wayne Elsey Enterprises to be launched this fall. Wayne authored the book "Almost Isn't Good Enough."

Sam’s Dream Blog: How did your prior work at Soles4Souls and in the footwear industry prepare you for what you are doing now?

Wayne Elsey: PEOPLE are searching for direction and HOPE. My experience, both in the for-profit world and nonprofit world, has enabled me to bundle the knowledge, drive and ambition to make a larger footprint in the world. At Soles4Souls, I founded, started and put a lot of energy in getting it to the point it is today, financially strong with an incredible team! Therefore, why not build a bigger tribe of people who want to make a difference and just need a nudge or the direction to do it? People need to realize that they matter. YOU MATTER, your cause matters. It all starts with that.

SDB: Why is now the right time for your new venture?

Wayne Elsey: It was the right time for me personally. Focusing on ME, health and what I really want to accomplish motivated me to resign [from Soles4Souls] and move forward with a vision that has been in my head for over a year. PEOPLE are looking for direction; I want to offer that to them. They are looking for HOPE, and again, I want to offer that to them.

SDB: How have your dreams and goals changed?

Wayne Elsey: They haven’t - they have increased in size as I clearly have seen the hurting people right here in America and around the world. We are better than that, to turn our head or offer them a handout. I am all about handups, not handouts!

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John Maxwell Quick Hits

John Maxwell is the world’s foremost authority on leadership and has authored more than 60 books. Maxwell gives Sam’s Dream Blog readers his advice on going further than you ever thought you could on your dream journey.

Sam’s Dream Blog: Talk about how, by being diligent in pursuit of a dream, you will not only achieve that dream, but will go way beyond it. How have your dreams exceeded your original dream?

John Maxwell: When I started EQUIP, I had a strong sense that I wanted to train leaders internationally. But I didn’t have a strong sense of specific goals. Only by starting and doing the training were we able to discover the goal -- of training a million leaders worldwide. Once we focused on that, we not only reached it but exceeded it. Today we’ve trained over five million leaders in more than 150 countries.

SDB: On "Minute with Maxwell," you made the point that authority is earned rather than a title. How does someone become an authority on a subject, like you have with leadership?

John Maxwell: When I said that, I was speaking in the context of influence, not expertise. One gains authority in that context by progressing up the five levels of leadership. Position is just the starting point. To increase your influence, you go to level two and develop relationships. Once you’ve done that, you move up to level three, production, to help the team succeed. Once you’ve accomplished that, you focus on developing people, which is level four. If you continue to do that, you have the chance of someday reaching level five [the pinnacle of respect.]

Now when it comes to being an authority on a subject, spend one hour a day, five days a week, for five years. Earl Nightingale says that by doing that, you can become an expert on any subject, and I’ve found that to be true.

SDB: What’s a big lesson you have learned in regard to pursuing dreams?

John Maxwell: Don’t sell yourself too short. Coming out of college, my "lifetime" goals really were the goals for the next five years, but I didn’t know it. You have to dream big, based on the reality of your strengths and situation.

John Maxwell is hosting a special webinar about dreams on Thursday, March 1.  Don’t miss it!