GJ Reynolds has been with Vi long enough to witness firsthand how everything rises and falls on leadership. Over the past 9 years this Vi 5-Star Ambassador has experienced the positive outcomes that result from strong leadership. This insight has enabled GJ, along with his wife Alita, to build a resilient team of leaders from the inside, out.
It might seem as though after almost a decade of being a top industry veteran and a Vi Millionaire who has transformed thousands of lives, GJ would want to take his foot off the entrepreneurial pedal and cruise a bit. But talk to GJ for even a minute and you’ll discover he has no intention of slowing down. In fact, GJ would tell you he is challenging himself every day, leading by example to show what it means to truly live and promote the Vi Life.
We recently asked GJ to share his thoughts on Vi leadership and how he builds his team around core values and culture.
Vi: What’s different between where Vi was and where we are today in terms of a leadership culture?
GJ: One of the reasons we rose so high in 2010 was because of our core leadership and values. Then we started getting away from that. Strong leadership is the key to success, and this year I see a commitment to leadership unlike ever before. We now have a solid business model and culture. I’m excited about what the future holds.
Vi: Many of Vi’s top leaders are being mentored by John C. Maxwell as part of the Leadership & Influence Development (LID) program. What changes are you seeing already?
GJ: We are doing leadership training at the corporate level and within the Vi Community, and I’m seeing such a common bond around our shared vision and mission. We’re congruent and aligned with this mission, and we now know the steps to achieve it. When we all understand and implement those steps together, it creates synergy and minimizes doubt… and that’s when good things happen naturally. We’re building synergy together as a community. I see it and I feel it.
We, as leaders, need to do an even better job equipping our teams and working together. I always tell my team we can control three things: our thoughts, our words and our actions. Throughout the years in this industry, I’ve seen the people who struggle the most are those who attempt to control the things they are unable to control. Part of equipping people is helping them see what they are able to control and then giving them the insight and tools to do that. And this is what I feel we are doing right now as a company.
Vi: What are some ways you’re communicating that while building your team?
GJ: We do a monthly Google hangout with the people seated at the LID table and discuss the primary takeaways. We also do an accountability call six days a week (10 to 30 minutes) and talk about our successes and our failures so we are able to learn from them. We share the positives, of course, and I have found it’s very powerful when we also share the negatives because we’ve all faced difficult times in our business.
It’s important to recognize our shared experiences. When you feel alone, you give up. So we always talk together about our challenges and apply what we learn to our personal and professional lives. Next month I’m starting a Google hangout where anybody can participate. The goal is to reproduce leaders as early as possible.
Vi: You’re a great example of what it means to live and promote The Challenge. How has Vi impacted your life?
It’s impacted my family and me in incredible ways and I have an amazing Vi Life. The most profound, of course, was meeting Alita through this company. People call us a Vi-Love Couple.
I strive to daily live our three pillars of Life, Health and Prosperity, and I continually challenge myself and work toward goals. Whenever I share my Vi story with new people, I always start with my ‘Before’ and ‘After’ pictures of my physical transformation. It’s important they know I live what I promote.
I’m currently attempting to break the World Record for the fastest run on a treadmill. I also love sharing transformation stories on the radio network I own, the Simply G Media Network.
And even though I’ve been with Vi for so many years and have done so much, I feel like I’m just getting started. I’m ‘all in’ with total commitment and laser focus… and moving forward full speed ahead.