Wisdom From My Daughter . . .

(I wrote this post three years ago, but the wisdom of children is timeless.  Feel free to pass it to others who might need a gentle nudge and reminder! Besides, Valentine’s Day is coming.)

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My young daughter sensed that I was struggling with work issues (and a few life issues as well) and before she went to bed the other night she taped a handwritten note onto the screen of my computer.  I thought I would share it with you – wisdom from the young.

DAD

  1. Always believe in yourself
  2. Be Happy
  3. Go with the flow
  4. Lighten UP (big emphasis here)
  5. Stay calm and assertive
  6. Remember we adore you
  7. You’re simply the best, better than all the rest (she’s a big Tina Turner fan)
  8. Don’t wait for opportunities, MAKE THEM

I have this note pinned on the wall next to my computer so I can read it every day.

It helps!

John R Childress

Author of LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture, and FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution, available from Amazon in paperback and eBook formats.

See the review of LEVERAGE in The Economist (January 9, 2014.

About johnrchildress

John Childress is currently Visiting Professor in Strategy and Culture at IE Business School in Madrid and a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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4 Responses to Wisdom From My Daughter . . .

  1. Awwww, wonderful John.

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  2. Steve Borek says:

    What a great listicle!

    How old is your daughter?

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