Previous to my current career, I was in leadership. I say I was in leadership, but the official title ranged anywhere from Supervisor to Manager. I am not a big fan of these titles, as they do not scream leadership to me. Leading people is more about heartbeats than they are about head counts. Supervisors supervise, managers manage, and leaders lead.
I mentioned a few months ago that I had taken a class with our local church around finances and the lessons that I learned. I decided to ask my wife what she thought was the most important lesson from that class. Here were her takeaways:
Known for his “hilarious hijinks” and poor leadership, Michael Scott is the fictional boss in the popular sitcom “The Office.” No longer on television, I was digging though old episodes on Netflix, when I ran across an episode, I have seen numerous times, entitled: “Business School.”
This one is about how to get out of debt. I have used some of these principles now to help begin the process of debt elimination. Would that I would never get into debt again, but I know myself too well!
I am working every day to pay for the mistakes of my youth. I look back and think, boy, just a little direction could have prevented a lifetime of debt. The good news is, that my kids will not be making that mistake. They are having this lesson drilled into them every day.