Apparently, not many parents let their children follow their truth….
So here’s an email excerpt from a teacher, in the past 48 hours:
I just wanted to say that that is truly a blessing and warms my heart. I love when I hear/see parents who support their kids no matter who they love, what they choose to major in, what they want to be when they’re older, their hobbies, how they dress, etc. Thank you for being the type of parent who shows this unconditional love. Your child expressed that it is such a relief for him to not have to deal with these issues as he knows many others do.
Excerpt from my reply:
As a writer, speaker, executive coach and business advisor (said with humility), it’s my job to pay attention – to perceive what words never say, and look for clues that can lead to new and different actions that then lead to breakthroughs – and create remarkable (and formally impossible) changes that make our world a better place.
Leaders and parents make stereotypical mistakes – not developing their direct reports (children).
Listen, tell stories, ask questions, encourage, support, provide positive and critical feedback and all of this needs to be done in a loving fashion.
No one cares how much you know if they think you don’t care.
• • • • •
This website is about our WORK. To ponder today’s post about our HQ, click here.
If you want to stay on this site and read more posts from this Blog, click here.
Empathy is often regarded as one of the top leadership qualities differentiating great leaders from good leaders.
And there’s talk about some adults being too busy to be effective parents, that is, too busy to generously demonstrate empathy.
This is why i insist great leaders differentiate themselves with:
clear, concise, compelling vision
enhancing employee involvement by moving past training, to development, to foster commitment (versus compliance)
putting structure and process in place to have absolute clarity on accountability for priorities and balance
demonstrating the most commitment on your team, and if there was a private vote, you’d be unanimously selected
Makes perfect sense.
• • • • •
PS. The 5 personal values i’ve been teaching our son since he could talk:
We worked on honesty (trust) from day one. Behaving admirably was introduced with the advent of sleepovers. Personal responsibility added during elementary school. Self-control added during adolescence. And initiative was added last year as a High Schooler. Next up is fun – probably add that tonight.
This website is about our career health. To leave this site to read today’s post on my home health website, click here.
On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.