Lt. Governor David Dewhurst

David Dewhurst came to my Corporate Governance class last Thursday night to speak. Mr. Dewhurst is the Lt. Governor of the state of Texas. His presentation was a bit rough (it must have been the end of a long day for him), but there were some great take-aways:
  1. Surround yourself with the best - this is a theme I've heard presented many times in many ways. Shelby Carter said something similiar which I shared here, and one of the main elements of success uncovered in this research was the importance of getting the right people on the bus (if you like that one, don't miss the original).
  2. Create a North Star - it is important to decide for yourself where you stand on an issue. Choose your position and then move on to the next step.
  3. Facilitate Debate - once you know where you stand on an issue, facilitate debate between the best and the brightest on all sides of the issue. If you do this well the "Pearls will fall to the table" as Mr. Dewhurst put it.
  4. Maintain Perspective - resist the tetendency to dislike those that disagree with you. If someone agrees with you 80% of the time you probably have more in common with them than some of your closest friends.
Ok, so having the Lt. Governor of Texas come speak was very cool, but you can find wisdom in all kinds of places. Here's some from Sunday's church bulletin under "Theology, Kid Style"

"Dear God, I bet it's very hard for you to love all of everybody in the world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. - Nancy"
"Dear Mr. God, I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart. I had to have 3 stitches and a shot. - Janet"
"Dear God, Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they each had their own rooms. It works out OK with me and my brother. - Larry"
"Dear God, I am really doing the best I can. Really. - Frank"

me too Frank, me too.
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