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Friday, May 6, 2022

Lean Quote: The Mother’s Heart is the Child’s Schoolroom

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.  —  Henry Ward Beecher

IOur moms have been present in our lives from the very beginning--and, if you stop to think about it, just about every lesson we learn in life originated in one way or another with her.

Today, in honor of Mother’s Day, I would like to share my top leadership lessons from my mother.

Listen and Observe

The greatest leader is not the loudest. A true leader invests in understanding others by listening and keen observation.

Research your Decisions

Our decisions shape our future in small or big ways. So, whenever possible, do a little digging so you can make an informed decision.

Remain True to your Ethics

Nothing is worth compromising your ethics. A clear conscience and a good reputation are priceless.

Assume Responsibility

A leader leads by example. That means that she needs to step up and honor her commitments to others and to herself. When she doesn’t, she needs to own it.

Respect, to be Respected

Respect is the leader’s currency. People decide to follow you long-term only if they respect you. Gain that respect by treating others with the respect they deserve as fellow human beings.

Love Generously

When you truly love someone, show them through action. Support their dreams, help them when you can and provide a shoulder on which to cry.

The wisdom of our mothers is timeless and profound. She really did--and still does--know best.

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