The Honor of Responsibility

When I was a child my parents used to say, "When you show you're more responsible; we''l give you more freedom."

The irony is the more I demonstrated responsibility the less freedom I had. I may have been allowed to come and go more freely, but I was tied to my responsibilities.

I'm now reminded of Janis Joplin's line, "Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose."

As I've grown older I've come to realize accepting responsibility is an honor.

Helping Others Grow Versus Having the Answers and Solving the Problems

There's an old adage that says, "What got you here, won't get you there."

I was reminded of it while reading an article in Fast Company by Kevin Cashman, How To Ask--And Listen--Like You Mean It. Early in the article he asks, "What would happen if you used your drive, analytical capabilities, and intelligence to help others to grow versus having the answers and solving the problems?"

Exit Strategy - Is Your Business Holding You Captive?

Covey’s 2nd habit of highly effective people is “Begin with the end in mind.” The ultimate “end” for business owners is their exit strategy. Economists project we’re at the beginning of the greatest transfer of wealth in history. Business leaders are supposed to be handing over the reins to their successors. Parents are expected to pass on their wealth to their descendants.

Do You Have An Exit Strategy?

Parents Will Do What They’ve Always Done.

Creativity & Innovation

Leadership is about influencing people to act. Leaders initiate change, sustain change and grow other leaders.

Next week I'm going to teach a class on creativity and innovation for the MBA class down at Longwood University.

I believe everyone plays a leadership role somewhere in their life; influencing someone. I also assume MBA students are pursuing their degree to prepare themselves to be better business leaders.

When Will I Learn?

I'm a trained facilitator. I understand the value of having someone in charge of not only keeping a meeting on topic and on time, but also, the value of capturing/harvesting the thoughts offered and presenting them in a manner that allows the the participants to all get/stay on the same page.