“I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.” – J. K. Rowling
I have a wonderful mentor who recently shared with me a way that she periodically audits herself as a leader.
She said, “If your employees or team awarded you with a plaque, what would it say?”
If the words on the plaque match what you are striving for as a person and leader, you are on the right path. If they don’t, it’s time to pause, reflect, and potentially correct your course.
At the end of the day, if your team doesn’t recognize the same strengths in you that you are valuing in yourself, then you will ultimately fade.
I am going to use this Tribal Thought as a challenge for my Tribe to respond to me with what they would put on my plaque.
What if they don’t even want to give me a plaque?
I am nervous, but ready… Tribe?
Inward. Onward. Upward!
by Derek J. Coppess
Derek J. Coppess is a developer, designer, community advocate and the founder of 616 Development & 616 Lofts. His mission: to inspire community by rehabilitating underutilized urban spaces. Derek and the 616 Tribe have developed notable projects such as 1 Ionia and the Kendall building.
Currently, Derek Coppess is working with local city planners and developers to achieve critical mass downtown. He also sits on the board of directors for Sunny Crest Youth Ranch in his hometown, Lake Odessa. Derek is happily married and lives in East Grand Rapids with his family of four.
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