BTL…

Today, during practice with a really cool client of BTL’s, we talked about the why behind our business. My client told me he was just beginning to get the why behind our name, BTL. I asked him to tell me more. Here’s a taste of our talk. My client had focused on the purpose of BTL being leadership training, and focusing on the end state of becoming a leader. He missed the emphasis on building, on the depth of this particular building process. Building humans is a lot different than building a house. It’s universal, transcendent, and informative, my client had concluded. He’s right.

The aim is to build people, build teams, and build leaders. It’s an intrinsic process. The name BTL and the visual of two people on a climb are more than our brand image, it’s who we are and who we’re becoming. BTL is not leadership training, it’s a process for building. We focus on participation in the process, not the end state. People are naturally focused on the end game – the finished product. The focus in BTL is on the process of building a “second nature.” Second nature is focused on the building. It is incremental, accumulative, and transformational. There is no end. This is why “keep working,” is my mantra. Make sense?

I told my client that I’ve got to get better at connecting people to this name and why it matters. I reminded him of the BTL purpose. “We Awaken, Challenge, and together we Transform a few individuals, teams, and leaders into ONE. ONE, distinct, deeply connected, and BTL.” We talked for a great while about each of these words and why they matter. I had never explained to him the reason behind the words awaken, challenge, and transform being capitalized. It’s because of the emphasis on those three first letters A,C,T, translating to the simple, powerful word – Act! BTL is all about action, specifically, building more and more productive action. I could see his brain light up on this one. Very cool.

There is no end state.

We are builders. We never stop incrementally growing. We believe you and your system follow the laws that govern open systems – grow or die; there is no static state, at least not for long. Our aim is to keep building, keep pushing, keep focusing on the process. We love building and getting better. We love our family, friends, and clients. We love each other enough to model the way, embrace pain and suffering, and try like hell to embody truth in love. We have not arrived and have much to learn. We are simply committed to “keep working.” We find the melody line and then a thousand nuances and then a thousand more. This is not because we want to string the process and our clients along. Just the opposite. This is the only way home, the only way ‘round, and simply the way the universe works. The name BUILT TO LEAD is more than a catchy name for our company, it’s emphasis is on building. Building ourselves. Building our family, friends, and clients. Building individuals, teams, and leaders. Building strong cores both literal and figurative. Building an authentic opus in work and in life. Building humility and courage alongside discipline. Building our minds and our bodies. Building souls on fire, filled with passion and purpose. Building relationships where we become more, not less. ONE, distinct, deeply connected, and BTL. Together we improve.

God willing, we’ll be here awhile. I hope this makes sense. Good…

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