Visiting the Past – A Means of Leading Forward

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One of my favorite excursions is to return to my alma mater, University of Mary Washington to speak with College of Business students as part of their Career Chat series.

 

This series brings in a wide range of graduates to talk about their career path, mistakes made along the way, and to pass along some inside scoop on the current environment of the working world.

 

IUMW Hallt prompted me to think how it is a way for me to reach back, but also, to lead forward. I get the opportunity to serve and lead by example. It also made me think about the many people that reached back to help me in my career, including my high school algebra teacher tutoring me for the GREs a good ten years after I graduated college! Or, my peers that are working for well-known companies in the C-Suite supporting globally recognized CEOs. Yet, they take the time to return my calls or emails so that I can best serve my current employer.  


It’s a pretty powerful thing—whether it’s an informal mentor or just a service focused peer, giving back gives many of us the tools to move forward.

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1 Response to "Visiting the Past – A Means of Leading Forward"

  1. Lisa Yetman says:

    I absolutely believe in giving back! I know it works, have seen it in action, have done it myself! Call it ingrained behavior, but if I don’t pass down knowledge that I have garnered over the years, I feel incomplete.
    One such example was when a young man in the Boy Scout Troop came to me (in my role as Advancements Chair) and asked my advise as to what would be a good Merit Badge for him to work on to help him overcome a reluctance to speaking in public. I gave him two, Communications – and Public Speaking. The first listed, he would have needed anyway, since he was trying to reach Eagle Scout (the highest rank a boy can earn in Scouting). As for the other, I recalled how painfully aware I was of how others saw me and how shy I was growing up. I took a big step in high school and joined the Drama Club, thinking this would help. In no time at all, I started to realize that when I portrayed some character or other, I could speak in public through that character. This experience gave me the confidence to join the Air Force after high school graduation and I gradually came to realize I could be that inner person that I always knew was there, but was afraid to let free. Well, he took my advice on both Merit Badges and made Eagle Scout. What a great feeling it was to have sat on his Eagle Board! During the questioning about skills and such he had learned, someone asked what he felt had been one of the more valuable Merit Badges he had earned. He answered with Public Speaking, because it had given him the confidence and comfortability to speak in front of a group and – since he was enlisting in the Marines after high school – he felt that this would help him be a better leader.
    I rest my case on giving back!

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