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.
So, whatever you’re doing right now – right this minute – I want you stop. Just stop. There. Have you hit the pause button? Now, I want you to remember what it was like when you didn’t know how to do what you were just doing.
Challenging the stereotypes associated with positive environments is not easy until you see them projected against the noisy background of real-world choices. The positive power play is achieved when a leader understands that the process is not about one’s cheerleading ability; it’s about energy management.
A few mortals find enlightenment by following the leader. For the rest of us, enlightenment often arrives in the form of a sharp crack from God’s 2×4. The University of Michigan’s basketball team received one of those “God gifts” this week when they survived an aborted takeoff and then overshot the end of the runway. They crashed through a fence, ran across a road, and ended up in a ditch. Burning rubber, fuel, and fear filled the plane. What happened next is a remarkable lesson in leadership.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we recorded every conversation so that we could go back and listen to ourselves? Thanks to the remarkable efforts of my communications partner, TannerFriedman, I have been interviewed for radio six times in the past month, including on the great show Opportunity Detroit. Have you ever listened to yourself talk on the radio? OH MY.