Throw a Party

Throw a Party

Throw a Party ENDURING LEADERSHIP I’ve always struggled in math. Numbers and I…we’re not a good combo. By the sixth grade, I found myself in remedial math. In other words, I wasn’t progressing like the other students. A person was defined as “remedial” by the...
Follow the Footprints

Follow the Footprints

Follow the Footprints ENDURING LEADERSHIP The river was just a short walk from their house. The family had learned early to keep a watchful eye on their four-year-old toddler–keenly aware that the river could deliver a horrible end at any moment. On one...
Take Ownership

Take Ownership

Take Ownership ENDURING LEADERSHIP The older Dad got, the more obsessed he became with his yard. He’d say things like, “Boy, that yard has grown so much in the last two days. I have to mow it again.” In truth, the grass hadn’t really grown that much. For him, the...
The Patience Principle

The Patience Principle

The Patience Principle ENDURING LEADERSHIP My Dad was not a patient man. For him, life was a series of events meant to be conquered. When we went out to eat, if Dad was done with the meal, he’d pay the bill and stand up. It was a signal that it was time to move on to...
Coach and Encourage

Coach and Encourage

Coach and Encourage ENDURING LEADERSHIP “Now watch me…pay attention…this is how you bait the hook…you begin with the worm….” “Hold the gun to your shoulder. Hold it firmly because it’ll kick.” “Swing the golf club for accuracy, not distance. It doesn’t matter if you...
Know the Risks

Know the Risks

Know the Risks ENDURING LEADERSHIP If the Red River in Coushatta, Louisiana could talk, I’m sure it could recount a million conversations I’ve had with Dad. Most of our significant conversations happened on a boat with a fishing rod in each of our hands. That’s just...