Dads and Grads- A Request and an Idea


I hope you have been finding value in “Reading for Leading” – whether you have been getting it every Monday for eight years, or for just eight weeks. With your indulgence, once or twice a year, I go off track a little and seek your help. With Fathers Day coming up and in this graduation season, I have a request and an idea.

The Request: Today, tomorrow and Wednesday of this week, Meijer supermarkets in Michigan are offering a great deal for Mentor Michigan. For every $25 gift card purchased, Meijer will give $2 to Mentor Michigan. Last year in two days we raised over $12,000 to support our vision to make sure that every child has a caring and stable adult in their life. We hope to far surpass that amount this year. You can give a card away to dads or grads or just turn around and use the cards for your shopping. Spend $100 on cards and you’ll painlessly give $8 to Mentor Michigan.

The Idea: If you’ve enjoyed “Reading for Leading,” you might consider giving my book, Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business Politics and Life as a gift to a grad or a dad. I’m happy to sign and personalize a copy, and we’ll get it out in the mail right away (with free shipping). Sales of the book have already generated over $5,000 for Mentor Michigan.

Many of us have been blessed with a caring dad. In my case, my dad was my primary leadership model. One way to honor your dad is to support the boys (and girls) who unfortunately have no such model in their life. Become a mentor or just consider finding another simple way to give.

Lead with your best self!