“Teach your children…”

Teachyourchildren

A midday appointment took me home through the neighborhood in which we live.  Driving along I noticed a lemonade stand operated by four little girls.  I have a weak spot for drink stands operated by children.  My brother and I spent a summer pulling a Radio Flyer through a construction site selling small bottles of Coca Cola, and I delight in supporting their efforts.When I stopped to buy my lemonade, the girls handed me a card, explaining that they were giving their profits to a program ca … [Read more...]

What does a Yoda do

Real Yodas in the workplace and in on-on-one relationships function in a way that is very different from the patterns I described yesterday. Real Yodas start with the young yedi knight… The people I have known who functioned like true mentors always put their apprentice first.  They may have had their own agendas, anxieties, responsibilities, and frustrations — but they set those aside to give their full attention to the person they were mentoring. Real Yodas find a place for young Jedi to … [Read more...]

There is no Yoda

Famously, Yoda observes, “Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an apprentice.” “Well, yes, if lucky you are.” But in my experience of sending students off to mother church — and in an ecumenical setting, there are lots of mothers — I have watched in horror at the number of those apprentices who are forced to travel alone. It’s a dynamic worth describing, because in most cases you have either been an apprentice or you have the opportunity to be a master.  How you … [Read more...]


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