Jul 21, 2022
- Doing something
stretching and challenging with your child can bring a closeness
and bond that can only grow for years to come.
- Repetition and
patience in fatherhood shows intention and presence.
- The window of time we
get with our children is slowly closing. Be mindful of the
- The Four Smart
- Confront reality
- Grow capacity
- Fuel curiosity
- Create change
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For the last 20 years, Mark has focused much of his time on
serving leaders, helping them grow themselves, their teams, and
their organizations. In addition to his role at Chick-fil-A, he's
also had the privilege to teach and lead in not-for-profit
organizations domestically and globally. Although the context is
different in every organization, the problems have common roots and
so do the solutions. Along the way, Mark has been fortunate to
author (and co-author) a few books – nine and counting. Today, more
than a million books are in print in 25+ languages. His approach to
writing has always been to find what is true in principle and
figure out how to make it applicable to the real world.
- 9:48 - Mark describing his son's, David,
diagnosis, Cerebral Palsy and Autism and how he supports his wife
with the challenges that can bring on, "I'm always trying to
figure out how can I serve her as she serves him... My advice,
again, is a lot of prayer for sure... I'm trying to take care of
her on the journey as much as I'm trying to take care of
- 14:42 - "I've prayed a lot more and I've served
a lot more... I'm a better human being, a better husband, a better
follower of Jesus... I'm better all the way around because of
David... I get to live with a glimpse of unconditional love.
Because David, he's never, this side of heaven, going to tell us he
loves us. But that's okay. You know we love him."
- 17:29 - Mark on his adventures with his other
son, Justin. "We decided years and years ago that we wanted to try
to do something every year that would stretch us and challenge us.
And he has come up with some of the ideas. I've come up with some
of the ideas... We've climbed mountains and became certified scuba
divers... run a marathon... We just we want to keep growing. We
want to keep stretching. We want to do hard things together and
grow through the experience."
- 23:29 - "You've got a pretty small window when
you really think about it with your kids... There's plenty of time
in my case to sell chicken, later. There's plenty of time to write
books, later. But that window is going to close... I hope to be and
God willing, will be close to Justin and David forever. But even
those opportunities are limited, and that makes them more precious
to me... We've got to be real careful about the trade offs we
- 26:40 - "It's our ability to make choices.
That's our superpower... They're completely paralleled with
fatherhood. The choices that leaders make to get out of the
quicksand, a busyness and distraction and complexity and competing
priorities and success and fear and fatigue and aimlessness... What
you have to do to get out are the same things... you have to do to
be a good father."
- 27:30 - "Choices give us agency, choices give us
opportunity and choices give us responsibility."
- 29:06 - "We can forfeit that agency and assume a
victim mindset. Our locus of control shifts from internal to
external. It's not my fault. It's not my responsibility. It's not a
result of my choices. And the stuff that keeps us in quicksand is
almost always a result of our choices."
- 34:41 - "Peter Drucker, the late management and
leadership guru... said he had never met a leader that couldn't
eliminate 25% of the things on their calendar and no one would
- Mark's Books:
Smart Leadership, Win Every Day, Chess Not Checkers, Leaders Made
Here, Talent Magnet, Win the Heart, The Secret, Great Leaders Grow
and The Heart of Leadership.
- Mark's son, Justin, organization: Untold
- Mark's free assessment on Smart Leadership: text
besmart to 66866
- Fathers for the
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