I am thrilled to have Tim Kirkpatrick as my guest for this episode. Tim is the managing partner of Second Chair Solutions based in the suburbs of Washington D.C. Tim is a fantastic second chair with entrepreneurial instincts. Tim and his team take pride in working behind-the-scenes help leaders experience the freedom to truly be who they were created to be.
Tim talks about his trial by fire experiences serving in a church where he started out "mowing the grass" to serving on the executive team as the church grew to the thousands to transitioning to Chief of Staff for a local business owner to stepping into a first chair role launching his own outsourcing company.
It quite literally pays to read. Tim credits his pastoral experience and reading leadership books for turning around a sinking Apple resale store.
Self-awareness of the leader is paramount to the growth of an organization in a healthy way. Leaders need others to help them find their blindspots so they can continue to grow and develop.
A responsibility of the second chair leader is to lighten the load of the first chair and to disseminate the load in a way that utilizes others in an appropriate way.
"Just because you're gifted at serving doesn't mean you're gifted at leading other servants...It's two different gifts." - Tim Kirkpatrick
"I feel the smile of God on my life...I feel the wind at my back...I feel I am doing exactly what I'm called to do when I am helping other people do what God has called them to do." - Tim Kirkpatrick
"You have to know who you are before you can understand your why." - Tim Kirkpatrick
Leaders Are Readers:
Tim recommends you read Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio.
To cultivate some self-awareness check out Discover Your Enneagram personality test. It's one of the better ones out there available to you for free.
Second Chair Solutions is brilliant! Visit the website.
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