This is a great TED talk by Seth Godin about movements, leadership and tribes.
Take a listen if you have time, if you don’t, scroll down for a short post.
Seth Godin brings out some dynamic points to consider when talking about starting movements and building a tribe as a leader. My movement is to start more and more tribes all around America and here is why.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead traveled the world to research why children in her country seemed so unhappy. What she discovered is that it takes an entire village to raise a child. (Even if you don’t have children please keep reading)
She visited several countries and lived among them for up to 3 mths at a time. She found one very important distinction between villages. In the villages where the children were with their parents more, whether in work or play, the kids were happy and well adjusted.
The family tribe got up early in the morning, ate breakfast together, did chores together before school and work, and went their separate ways until after noon. The parents worked with the children on their studies and afterward took the kids to work in the fields with them.
In the evening time they would walk to the village and sing and dance around a bonfire with all the other villagers. Adults and Kids laughed and danced together. It was very heart centered from what she could tell.
As long as they were together the children were filled with joy. The parents valued the kids enough to give them their time and their energy.
Even if you are a business person who feels this information does not apply to you, I challenge you to consider those you are leading.
Do you need to rely on the cooperation of other people to get you to the next level or maintain order in your work or in your home? Do you have a tribe of people who you can count on to make it happen? Do you know what it takes to get there?
You don’t necessarily have to start a movement to be part of a tribe. A family is a tribe, a group of employees are a tribe, even teenagers form tribes.
If you haven’t been connected to a tribe yet then it might be time to look within and ask yourself what it is that keeps you from welcoming others into your village?
I have 3 tribes and the exponential growth that happens in both business and personal life is astounding. It is part of my life’s work to connect people to tribes whether in business or within family situations. Learn to develop the emotional tools needed to start a tribe or to be a part of one can grow and develop as your family or company grows.
Success is not over night, but you can get there faster by clarifying what you want and being easy to follow. Tribes are there to help you lead.
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