I had the privilege of sharing my leadership program with a group of HR Professionals in St. Louis this week. I was humbled by the feedback and truly think a few will return to their jobs and “Lead Like They Own It!”
I was able to turn it into a short Workation. I stopped in North Little Rock and picked up my favorite youngest grandson for a road trip. We were able to see St. Louis from 630 feet in the air from the Arch. There was also a high school all-star baseball game in Busch Stadium that we were able to attend. On the return trip, we made a stop in Mountain View, Arkansas. They have music on the square in the evenings. It is very peaceful.
Allow me to set the stage for a memory:
Right after his first Coke Float at an old soda fountain, Papaw and Kasen are on a sidewalk bench “waiting on a woman” as Sandy is shopping in Mt. View. After 30 minutes or so, we join woman and the conversation goes like this;
Papaw: “Kasen, did any ants bite you while we were on the bench? I had a couple of ants bite me.”
Kasen: “No Papaw, I guess they didn’t want the salad bar. They went right to the buffet line.”
We all burst out laughing.
I do not know if there is a sarcasm gene in the DNA or if it’s learned; but either way, it can surface at eleven years of age.
P.S. When Kasen was eight, we were in the car, “waiting on a woman.” I turned to him in the back seat and told him; “Kasen, you will spend many hours of your life “waiting on a woman.”
With the most sincere, innocent look on his face, he answered; “I know Papaw, but maybe I’ll get one someday.” I just patted his knee, nodded my head, turned toward the steering wheel and successfully fought back my laughter.
Man, I love being a Papaw.
What does this have to do with leadership? Absolutely nothing but you can NOT have Leadership without Life.
Do you have any plans to make a memory this weekend?
Greg Gilbert conducts keynotes and the Leadership Development Program, “Leading Like You Own It – Why We Never Wax A Rental Car!” On-Site and at locations around the country. He also presents “Lessons In Leadership, Life And Laughter” with “Mr. HR With A Guitar” at team, association and civic meetings.
He is the author of “The Power Of Better Series – Volume I – Leading Like You Own It! Why We Never Wax A Rental Car.” and his PDF (Personal Development Fiction) book 50 Days Of Hay – A Life Changing Summer. He is committed to improving results through increased Education, Engagement and Accountability.
Visit GregGilbertCoaching.com for more information.
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