The older I get, the more I learn how to put childhood and beyond teachings into perspective. As I write this article on my late father’s birthday, I am reminded of parental instructions that have influenced me personally and professionally.
We as business leaders have pointed positions to manage, lead by example and oversee a vast array of projects. The job is never done. Continuous improvement and development, for ourselves and our teams, motivates us to keep climbing the mountains and rescuing the discouraged. These are our jobs. This is who we are.
True independence in my opinion is when we realize we are dependent upon those who make everything happen; those who we are surrounded with at home and at the office. The self awareness that at no point can we get the total job done solo is independence. We need each other. We need those who are masters of their skills, those who excel at certain positions. It is impossible for one person to handle the ship on his/her own.
The captain, skipper or pilot may guide the ship, but the sail has to be at the right height and direction at the right time. When wind speed changes, the captain depends upon the seaman. Our boat stays afloat and on course with many seamen.
I am reminded to celebrate all working hands. Our crew is responsible for where we are and where we’re going. Enjoy the fireworks, never forgetting what we were taught.
We are one. We are the Rio Grande Valley.