A number of things coalesced for me this evening – so I can’t help myself- I should have been in bed twenty minutes ago. I got home a few hours ago, after a great presentation to about 250 parents at a school – my mind was buzzing, and as part of the relaxation technique I decided to have a long soaking bath and read a good book. Couldn’t choose which book to read, so picked up Tom Peters’s Re-Imagine! (but it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net) . I have been avoiding this book for awhile – it just looked a bit ADD to me (but that’s how I look to others, so no disrespect meant). (PS – also check out Tom’s blog site: http://www.tompeters.com (hey, Tom, get trackbacks!).
I’m not sure what the rest of the book is like, but the first 50 pages were excellent. By then my bath was lukewarm. As I got out, I noticed a large A3 poster on my bed – it turns out it’s my six-year-old daughter Amy’s first school project. Amy is in Grade 0 – a singularly badly named school year, though not as bad as her sister Hannah who is in Grade 000 (triple nought) – so this is a milestone for her, and one she obviously wants me to be involved in.
In his book, Tom Peters calls for a new vision. He imagines:
How can I help my daughter to become one of these beings? One of the ways is to heighten the entrepreneurial instinct – may be getting her to ask the question, “how can I make money out of this?” But even as I had better thought, I realised that that type of thinking is part of the old contract. To help my daughter be part of the new one, I need to get her to ask an entirely different type of question. A question I can embed in her consciousness – a question she will ask of everything she ever does. WOW!
What will the question be?
Right now, a few moments before switching off and going to bed (and possibly a few moments after my brain has switched off), I am leaning towards, “how is this adding value to other people?” So, we went to Cape Town, we took photos, we stuck them on cardboard, we’re showing you – but what value have we added? How have we improved other people’s lives? How is this adding value to the people?
I think I like that…