There is always a “why”… Your why is your drive…your catalyst…the reasoning behind the tenacity….it’s why you started and you would do wise not to forget it.

My “why” came abruptly in the mail one day. My husband had opened bank accounts for his grandchildren and the statements came in the mail. I will never, ever forget that day. It was a wake up call that if I wanted to leave an inheritance for my grandchildren (we are a blended family) that I had better get busy or quite frankly I would be I direct disobedience to directives in the bible which clearly state to leave an inheritance to your children’s children. Now yes it will be more than money, (I have all sorts of stuff planned for them) but that startling realization jerked me into action.

My lil heirs…are my why.. They are the reason that “I am a gladiator, and I don’t get to run”. They are why I go into to work at 6am and sometimes work until 8pm…they are why I go to four meetings a day, overnight conferences, business trips, read and research until 3 am..luncheons on tops of dinners, spend weekends at fund raisers and collapse in bed fully dressed.

When I watch what I am building for them…it’s worth it. Every meeting I dread, or conference call I trudge through….every project I tackle I remember my why..and I smile …they are why I started….I’m telling you…one day they will write books about their Nanee’ …the next 7 generations are blessed!

Spent the afternoon At an event featuring Mayor Mike Duggan, new mayor of the City of Detroit. He has a knack for operations and processes. I also like that he has asked businesses in the area to loan him their executives that specialize in lean management and six sigma principles to help the city restructure and reorganize. I learned much just listening to how he has managed his first 90"days and his plans going forward. His chief of staff was his former opponent in the primaries. #SMARTman He understands the value add of this key position and strategically used what could have been a great lost in talent into a ally and team member. (Pictured Mayor Duggan on the left and Keith Crain of Crains Detroit on the right)

from where I sit…
This may look like a horrible seat to watch the taping of my CEO ’s PBS special. But it isn’t …it’s actually quite fitting.

This is what I do. I help to create opportunities…I navigate the logistics…I manage the chaos and I execute results…but all of this goes on behind the scenes, away from the spotlight and out of the purview of an audience. The director, camera people, the producer, the interviewer..barely notice I’m here.

Lesson: The viewers won’t see me on the show….BUT my boss knows if she turns around I’m right there. She knows if something is said or done that is questionable or shady I will interject immediately. She knows I have her wallet, her keys, her phones and her lipstick. Because she knows I have her world under control, she can focus on her assignment with confidence. My role matters. A chief of staff is an administrator like none other. Are you up for it?

I love hanging out with myself! I’m such good and classy company LOL. If you can’t learn to love to be with you…how in the world will anyone else of significance? You show your self how you deserve to be treated and if anyone steps up to you with less the very least …YOUR standard for you –smile, reject it and move on. If they really want you in their circle,…or in their life they’ll jump higher to reach where you are. That in turn is a blessing to THEM. They probably didn’t know that higher existed…. Until they tried to get to you.