I attended a High School graduation recently. As I sat listening to the school authorities, valedictorian, and various other speakers, I thought about the graduate’s futures. This made me think about the assistance each will require over the years to obtain their various goals. Now, of course, at the age of 17 or 18, most of the graduates were probably feeling pretty “large and in charge” – didn’t we all? So much future ahead of each of them; filled with critical and not so critical day-to-day decisions.
As each graduate leaves the safety of their school years for the ambiguity of adulthood, my wish is that they will all have amazing people in their lives that are filled with wisdom and the knowledge to recognize how to share that wisdom in a manner these young adults can embrace. If your life contains a new graduate of some type I hope you’ll take the time to share as their abilities to receive appear. For the rest of us, may we never forget that most things worth pursuing in life often require assistance from other people. This is especially true for transformational endeavors in the workplace we are each called to execute.
Here are a few ways you might wish to enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations: