The Very Unique Kent Sheppard, and his Influence…
A long time ago I participated in a facilitated meeting of 3 business owners at Strategic Coach….,myself, a lady from the USA, and Kent Sheppard from Toronto.
Oh, we had all been a Coach for many years, but none of us had ever really shared experiences together previously.
Our 30-minute meeting was geared for 3 quick chats for 10 minutes each. In the ten-minute window one of us would state our three biggest concerns, right now, while the other two would listen, possibly sharing some wisdom, counsel or solution. A facilitator would sound a gong every ten minutes to tell us when to switch. I was to go last of the three.
We were part of a group of 60 or so business owners doing the same thing. We were all together in one large classroom, all had broken up into groups of 3. Each group was standing closely together so we could hear each other’s two partners. Our proximity to the next group of three was probably 2 or 3 arm lengths. All groups were talking amongst themselves, all at once, one person talking, two others listening, with the gong going off every ten minutes.
Tumultuous would be a great way to describe it.
In our group of three the first to start was the US-resident lady.
She is a publisher who had been appointed CEO of a very large family business. While her Dad, the founder, had supposedly given her the reins, he kept his fingers in the pie and attended (interfered in) the business every day. Her tear-filled stories of his interference in her efforts to grow the business and bring it into the next century continued way beyond her 10 minutes.
She rattled off not three, not four, but about 20-30 really important problems. Please recall, there were at least 20 other individuals telling their ‘top three biggest concern’ stories to their groups of 3 at the same time. LOUD!
Kent, the guy standing across from myself and the poor lady in our group of three, was wriggling like Michael Fox as he listened to the litany of woe this lady kept adding to. Finally, he could take it no longer.
Kent twisted one way, then another, and burst out, as only he could do,
” OH HONEY! I JUST WISH THAT I HAD ALL YOUR PROBLEMS!!!”
The entire room went silent as 59 heads snapped in his direction.
“BABY!” he exclaimed, “EACH ONE OF THOSE PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED! ……
EVERY TIME YOU SOLVE ONE, YOUR COMPANY, AND YOUR LIFESTYLE, WILL GET BETTER!”
The rest of the room was almost dead silent as they watched Kent exclaim with excitement. Arms flying everywhere, feet dancing as fast as they could beside me, he just yelled out,
“YOU’LL HAVE BETTER TEAMS, BETTER CUSTOMERS, MORE FREE TIME…., AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, A BETTER LIFE WITH YOUR DAD!
I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!”
Her jaw dropped, the tears were wiped away, she was stunned!
“HERE’S HOW WE’RE GONNA DO IT!”
…, and we put our heads down.
In the next 15 minutes we worked, together, to outline the steps she could take to transform each tale of woe into a tale of joy. We already knew all of the steps, she just had not taken very many of them…, yet. Last I saw her was about 4 years ago. Her Dad had retired comfortably. She’d taken all the steps, and more. The business had grown over 10 times, life was extraordinary. Kent Sheppard, the guy who had started that particular business transformation, had previously founded a very successful company of his own. His outburst, his wonderful spark of influence, transforms lives in geographic areas he probably cannot even imagine on to this day. Thanks Kent for your spontaneity, your experience, and your energy. You don’t just help families and individuals build Futures and Memories, you help transform lives.
Jay Paterson, Co-Founder, Empowered Wealth Canada
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Genane & Mark Peniak