“Poor leaders drop the torch making it difficult if not impossible to pick up again. Mediocre leaders pass a dimly lit torch. Outstanding leaders pass the torch with fire blazing.” ~ Reed Markham, American Educator
There are only five of them. Five new principals hand-picked out of a very select larger group – to eventually replace the partners of the firm who will be retiring next year.
My job was to bring these very accomplished folks up to speed on the underlying principles of the business they were now preparing to lead. The current partners have been together for over 20 years, and they have inculcated the understanding of the underlying principles to the point where it is the vantage point from which they enter into everything. I have been the lead for these seasoned folks over the years to assist them in deeper grounding of the principles upon which they rely for the success of the business.
I spent 35 hours designing the agenda for the two one-week sessions we would have together. I went back over the last 20 years of teaching so that I would have a comprehensive outline that could be used as a template for any who might like to teach the model from this day forward. I connected the agenda outline to the book I had written on the same principle-based paradigm. I was paid for my time, yet I am giving everything else away to them - for utilization and expansion for the coming generations whom I will never meet.
The work I have done has had such a positive impact over the years in so many varied populations, that I wanted to leave the legacy of what I have understood through my own work for whomever could benefit. Not for everyone, but definitely for some. And for those people – the possibility of discovering their authentic personal purpose, revealing their innate ability to experience peace of mind, catalyzing their own inner wisdom and common sense and to essentially self-actualize, is available in at least this form. So there is a sense of fulfillment for me, which leaves me feeling complete.
Give it away – that which you have accomplished and which has you be experienced as a leader.
Give it away. Such giving will make room for your own ever-expanding awareness, and will leave a path behind you that will assist others in developing their true nature.
Passing the baton is a wonderful contribution, to you and to others, and our knowledge becomes a foundation brick upon which others can firmly stand. We then become integral in an accelerated evolution of our human consciousness.