That said, I am extremely sad that he passed away today. I know his legacy is a great one. I hope his books and lectures do not fade into obscurity: they have founded a generation of leaders (multiple generations even). See you in heaven hero!
Here are a few things you've inspired in me:
- Character. You defined it. You literally defined character and principles in the "lighthouse" analogy.
- Communication. You refined it. You put words to the best skills for communicating: Seek First to understand, then to be understood.
- The phases of life: You lived it. You showed me how a person moves from dependence to independence and then to inter-dependence (the final step I'm still trying to make).
- The truth of Win-Win. You proved it is possible. That Win-Win is an option.. the best option, every time.
- How to lead by giving power. You personified it. I use the technique in business and with my kids. *I am their worker, they are the manager of a clean living room.*
- How to sharpen the saw. You did it. Your very passing: dying as a result of a bike accident (at 79) inspires me to keep sharpening the saw.
- SO MUCH MORE... I could go on. All of your habits and stories taught me something. Perhaps the most poignant was this: TO TEACH is the GREATEST SERVICE and the best way to LEARN. I hope to make you proud.