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Leadership Lessons—Giving Back

I had the opportunity to go to the U.S. Open last weekend in Oakmont, Pa. Amazing event—especially for a ‘wannabe’ who has always had an appreciation for what it takes to get to this level. At least I thought I did.

While sitting in the stands on the seventh green on Sunday, I found myself next to a gentlemen whose son is a caddy for one of the players on the Web.com tour. I believe it is Daniel Obremski—who was a freshman at Coastal Carolina the same time that Dustin Johnson was a senior golfer there.

The gentleman told me how tough it was for a golfer and the caddy on the tour. The caddy gets 10 percent—but the money just isn’t good on the tour. He said the player and caddy don’t fly anywhere. They drive and try and get into any tourney they can. They stay at Best Westerns—not Marriotts.

What touched me the most was that Johnson, who ended up winning the U.S. Open, sent Obremski a check for $70,000 to help him get through the early challenges on the tour. Johnson told him that he shouldn’t be worrying about where he is going to stay that night when facing a 10-foot putt to win a tourney. He knew the $70,000 would help him for the next year.

I went to the PGA web site and found that Obremski had been a pro on the minor league tour since 2012. In the past 50 tournaments, he had won $14,930.36. Yes, you read this correctly. This year his best finish was a tie for eighth place at the Abacoa January open where he won $487.50. He shot a 69 there.

Jason Day, the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world finished eighth with three other people at the U.S. Open at Oakmont. What a difference there is between major league golf and minor league golf. Dustin Johnson, who won his first major on Sunday, won $1,800,000 at the event. Yes, $1.8 million. Yet, he was willing to share $70,000 with a former teammate before he won this event.

When I heard the story about the kindness of DJ I became an instant fan.

This was a great lesson on what leaders do—they share. Sometimes they share money, other times they share their mentorship, yet other times they just share their time. Most importantly—they share.

Here is my question for you: What are you sharing and who are you sharing it with? Who would look at you and say they appreciate what you’ve done for them?

Sometimes we, as leaders, forget how blessed we are and forget the people who shared the most with us. It is may be a parent, a teacher, a coach or someone who got us into the glass business. Or it could be someone who kept us in the glass business.

Maybe it is a colleague you met at an Auto Glass Week™ seminar, who shared some ideas on what they are doing that you can use. The magic for me is franchisees sharing with each other. I have been in the franchising world for more than 35 years.

There are people out there that are so happy to help others—in very many ways. Maybe one of those people should be you!

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