Bringing your Heart with You…

Early Morning by a Pond
A lovely picture I took early that morning outside my hotel room…

I’ve not been able to write the last few days for a couple of reasons, not the least of which was getting seriously lagged out from too many days on the west coast.  It’s a terrible feeling, when I plant myself on the sofa of a hotel room, and sit through three episodes of Law and Order, because I can’t muster enough drive to get up and do something.  Law and Order is the best thing playing in most hotel rooms, and it plays every night on at least three channels.

Anyway, I’m feeling a little better now and wanted to share one little tidbit that I gathered from a business conference I spoke at earlier this week.  The opening keynote speaker was Steve Farber, leadership guru.  He was great, and a hard act to follow.  But what he said that had the biggest impact on me was that you’ve gotta have love.  You’ve got to love your job, and you’ve got to help your employees love their jobs. 

Two of his slides said…

After numerous interviews and case analyses, we noted that many leaders used the word love freely when talking about their own motivations to lead. *

I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did… The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. **

I especially liked it when he said, “you want your employees to bring their hearts with them to their jobs.”

I think that this is especially important with teaching and learning.  There is so much about teaching and learning that is about communication.  And it seems to me that when communication has heart behind it, then it becomes especially sticky.


* Kouzes, James M., and Barry Z. Posner. The Leadership Challenge. 3rd ed. Jossey-Bass, 2003.
** Jobs, Steve. “Commencement Speech for Stanford University.” Stanford University. 12 Jun 2005.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.