Work When my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, my mother went to work at the local supermarket. As a cleaning woman she felt her work was critical to the customer experience. She didn’t need a leader to give her pride in her work; she took pride in it. Like others in our community, she had an Aristotelian view of life: happiness comes from participating in something worth doing. Maybe that’s why my passion is to help leaders become ever more authentic, alive, and effective in their work.
Wonder Our quest in life is shaped by the questions we ask. In my youth, my search came from a place of restlessness, so I left home at 18 in search of answers. Today my quest is to understand human nature and the nature of change. I’m fascinated by what makes people give the very best of themselves, and how to accelerate the pace of change.
Mastery My father was a master craftsman. He had a passion for the dairy business and made award winning butter and cheeses. From him I learned that leadership is personal, it’s generous, and it has a cadence.
Early morning the milk was brought in from the surrounding farms and everyone was running to keep up. Once done, five hungry men would pile into our kitchen for their second breakfast.
Each apprentice would complete half his training with us and then continue his study elsewhere. I wondered, why would a master craftsman invest in people who would be leaving? The answer: it’s the masters duty to equip the apprentice with a livelihood and to pass on the highest professional and ethical standards. I believe today’s leaders have this same responsibility.