Your legacy is what people say about you after you move on – graduate from high school, college, take a new job. The person responsible for your legacy is looking at you in the mirror. We tend to think of legacy as being something for old people, have-beens, those past their prime. Not true. I recently learned a lot about the importance of legacy from two young professionals just beginning their business careers – both are interns.
On a biting, dreary Detroit afternoon, my brother and I made our way downtown for the Brit Floyd concert. I didn’t know it yet, but I was about to learn (again) a very important lesson. There are only two ways to judge talent: a) measure it, or b) see it in action. In short, we must not judge any book by its stiff, hard cover.
It thrills me to no end when a client or team reaches a new level of self- or others-awareness through our work together. These game changers represent a shift in behavior and understanding, and they occur in both my business and sports engagements. I call these precious insights our “Moneyball Moments.” It’s the payoff from our collaboration, and these moments often manifest themselves in unexpected ways. Let’s look at four examples and examine what we might learn from them.
Are you a thinker? Is much of your personal value proposition housed between your ears? Fifty-five percent of my success toolkit is comprised of thinking talents which are largely invisible to others. A few are uncommon in women. As a result, I’ve often been misunderstood or overlooked. What about you?
Kinship. Noun. “The feeling of being connected to other people.” Our performance, and even our survival, depends on the feeling of kinship we have with others. To underscore its importance, I will share two stories of two very people, from two very different parts of the world, whose lives were transformed by kinship. Both were problem children; nobody benefits more from kinship than a problem child. Why? Because others often turn against them, leaving them feeling isolated, undervalued, and beleaguered. In such circumstances, kinship can be a lifesaver.