A few years ago, something wonderful happened – one of my most elusive “bucket list” moments finally happened.
The day was spectacular and I had the honor of sharing it with my son Nick.
Before our galactic encounter, we stood there with breathless anticipation, hoping it would happen.
We looked at each other with anxious hesitation, almost accepting the fact that circumstances could change, and the meeting would never happen.
Then, there stood our “bucket list” with an outreached hand, a big smile, and kind word….
As history would have it, this week is a big one. It is a week where we all remember where we were, and how we felt when we heard (or saw) the news that day.
On a beautiful Tuesday morning in September, with a crisp hint of fall in the air, the world once again was reminded of those who seek to destroy that which is good – life itself.
There is no need to explore the aftermath of what happened….
Most people know about my dog Eddie. A three legged, Jack Daniels drinking, Labrador Retriever. He was my best drinking buddy and always knew how to cheer me up.
His life was great and we were with him Monday evening when he fell asleep for the last time.
As I think about the impact he had on our family, it struck me that he actually guided me through our time together and taught me a few things, so I thought I’d share them with you….
We have learned that great leaders know that there are 3 good things everyone needs in their lives in order to make wise decisions. Let’s explore it a little deeper.
The Need for Good Advice
The first is good advice. I’m talking about the kind your parents and grandparents give you. It’s the concepts, ideas, values, and wisdom you take in as a child and build upon as you grow, learn, and mature….
I had the honor of hearing one of America’s great visionaries and leaders this week. He welcomed this year’s freshmen students of Georgia State University to a life of courage and leadership.
Bryan Stevenson is the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the author of one of the decades “must read” books Just Mercy.
As he spoke to the new students, he challenged them by giving them the “4 Things” necessary for them to lead the world to change….
The world seems to finally be getting the picture. Giving can be rewarding and it is possible to challenge others to experience it, too.
Best of all, dare I say, it can be fun.
How can “fun” and “giving” go together without conflict? How can something that many believe is supposed to hurt, feel so good?
How does “sacrifice” generate so much enthusiasm?
Well, if you ask those who are experts in giving, you might get an odd response….
I’ve been a part of many teams and worked in various positions where I’ve encountered a variety of leaders and leadership styles (the good, the bad and the ugly).
There’s so many qualities that make up a great leader, all of which vary, I’m sure. But for me it comes down to three simple things: servant leadership, gratitude and authenticity.
I started working for 3Ci last September where Don Barden welcomed me with open arms when no one else would give me a shot….
As an economist, I am often asked about the economy…makes sense I guess.
If I were an NBA player, someone would ask about last night’s game.
If I were a lawyer, people would ask about a specific trial or something they heard on TV.
If I were a politician, they would ask about the elections.
These professions have a specific answer to a question that is easy to identify.
I wish my life was that simple….
A lot of folks think that because we are “nice”, people must come first in our organization.
They think we develop people and put them in the forefront of our corporate creed to serve others.
Many people believe that we care about people and our employees above all things.
Well, they are wrong.
What we really care about is process, and once we have it fine-tuned, then we put the best people in the proper place….
Have you ever had a moment, when you said something you wish you could take back?
Most of us have.
The most memorable ones are those that, even as the words are coming out of your mouth in a comically slow distortion of mental mush, you innocently insult everyone around you.
For some of us, it occurs more times than others.
Years ago, when I was a guest on a nationally syndicated radio show, it happened to me….