In about two hours, I will be leading the first of three training sessions for part of a group of 3800 students in Hershey PA. We are going to focus on communications and leadership. The title:
“Leading is easy… getting them to follow you is the tough part.”
Needless to say, even thought I served on five submarines and two large surface commands facing the rugged ocean and the forces of the Soviet Union, I am a bit humbled and slightly intimidated going in front of a group of young students. If you never hear from me again, please send a note to my widow.
For those of you who have never heard of the group, here is some additional information. I would urge you to look into supporting them with your time and your business expertise.
Purpose of the Future Business Leaders of America:
FBLA-PBL provides innovative leadership development programs to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship. Participation in FBLA-PBL can have a direct impact on the direction and success of a young person’s career. Millions of students have learned through active membership in FBLA-PBL about the world of business and what is expected of them in the workplace. Organizational goals include:
- develop competent, aggressive business leadership
- strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work
- create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise
- encourage members to develop individual projects that contribute to the home, business, and community
- develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism
- encourage and practice efficient money management
- encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty
- assist students in the establishment of occupational goals
- facilitate the transition from school to work
I truly believe that America still has a fighting chance when 3800 kids show up for two days of learning, competition and volunteering in the name of being better citizens.
Well, time to go offer an animal sacrifice. Have a great week and do something good for someone. They may not appreciate it, but you will be honoring someone that did something along the way that helped you.