Three weeks ago I did a Monday Morning Mojo on taking charge of your own education and wrote about an event I was putting together for association CEOs on how they change the world, with special guests, Susan Neely and Jay Timmons. The picture above, by Jane Love, is me addressing this audience during my opening remarks last Wednesday. It was a real thrill for me for several reasons.
First, it put me in direct contact with two leaders who I have come to know and love: Susan Neely and Jay Timmons. Susan for her remarkable clear-sightedness and effective action targeting for the sweet spot in the 3-part Venn Diagram that includes (a) her members, (b) consumers, and (c) social need. Jay for his continuous and articulate advocacy for the causes he holds most dear to his heart, including citizenship for legal immigrants and dreamers, LGBTQ rights especially as parents, and animal rescue and companionship. In my preparatory meetings with each, I learned so much about visionary leadership from both as exemplars. These short sessions were like graduate-level masters seminars for me in my work, getting to know visionary leadership up close.
Second, I was able to convene a powerful group of CEOs (you see in the above picture) who take social leadership seriously and daily deliver results that they often do not receive public credit for. I know because I work for first hand with several of the audience members, and am now becoming more familiar with the work of the others. This coming together was a remarkable experience as it highlighted the deep drive to make a difference and made visible some of the strategies and tactics that deliver results.
Third, the event marks a single experience in a larger series of events and actions that will strengthen and enhance our society by drawing resources to leaders who drive for beneficial results. Another of these events will be my Conversation with Dawn Sweeney on Dec. 2 at the National Restaurant Association: Engaging for Impact. Dawn is a powerful leader who has connected me with resources in the past, resources that have made invaluable contributions to my Grand Challenge work. This event will be open to CEOs and senior leaders of associations. Again, there is no charge, and you can register here.
Fourth, the event was attended by new CEOs, those who have held their jobs for a very short period of time, as well as veterans with extensive experience. Thus, it served as a meeting place for those who dedicate a significant effort to making our world a better place, where professional networking could take place.
I share all of this as part of my Monday Morning Mojo because I want to draw attention to how powerful “following your bliss” can be, bringing results together on multiple fronts.
How will you follow your bliss in the week ahead? What natural passion of yours will you cultivate?
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”