Great dads and great bosses share some of the same qualities. So, Father’s Day is the perfect time to thank your paternal parent … as well as any male mentor who has helped you in your personal or work life … for their guidance, counsel and support.
My dad, who passed away four years ago, wasn’t a businessman, but a blue-collar electrician at an automaker. Still, he taught me a great deal about people, business and life by his example. And for that, I’m eternally grateful.
Thanks, Dad …
… for spending your time with us, and showing interest in our interests, rather than forcing your own interests on us
… for trying to broaden our horizons by exposing us to a variety of places, things and activities that you never got to experience at our age
… for showing us what true commitment is, by honoring every commitment you made
… for always being there to support us, especially when it wasn’t fun or comfortable to do so
… for teaching us the importance of honesty, the power of faith, the steadfastness of loyalty and the grace in helping others
… for showing us the joy in nurturing growth in all things, whether it was vegetables, pets, colleagues … or our own friends and children
… for standing behind us unconditionally, no matter how we might have angered, offended, disappointed or ignored you
… for showing us the warmth and lift that a smile, a kind word or a pat on the back can bring someone else
… for laughing with us, not at us, and, more importantly, for teaching us how to laugh at ourselves
… for showing us the satisfaction of a job well done, for encouraging us to pursue our dreams and follow our hearts, and for teaching us to look at adversity as an adventure.
Thanks, too, to three of my former bosses and mentors – Wayne, Horst and Dick – for their lessons about taking care of details … being prepared … never giving up … being a team player … and thinking big … among other things.
I hope, as a dad and a boss/mentor, to pass your lessons on.