Denise Brosseau - Building Well-Connected Leaders
Where is Your Tribe?
Continuing on the theme of the week – my visit to the White House – here is my second blog on the experience. See the previous entry here.
One question people have been asking me is what did it FEEL like to be at the White House?
I would describe it as a mixture of honor, pride and downright glee.
I was honored to be selected among this group of amazing folks who are accelerating the success of entrepreneurs (and intrapreneurs - entrepreneurs in big companies) across the country.
I was proud to be seen as having something to offer at a convening of this quality.
And I was just absolutely gleeful to be among my tribe – my ‘peeps’ – people who all care about what I care about, which is moving the entrepreneurial dream forward.
It is rare that you get to be in a room of 100 of your tribe and I was definitely energized and enlivened by their ideas and their success. I was soaking it up and getting filled up to go back into the fray.
Sometimes we need that.
As a mentor, coach and agent to so many entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial folks, I spend a lot of my time giving – of my time, energy and connections – to help others move their ideas and projects into reality. On occasion it is important to go to a place where others are giving to me –reinforcing or contradicting my ideas in equal measure, sharing their new ideas and giving me a playground where I can explore and test what I believe.
I could have stayed all week!
There is also a certain gravitas to attending an event hosted at a place as famous as the White House. This is reinforced by the quality of the speakers, the professionalism of the programming, the ambiance of the rooms. Together, these factors highlight that others are taking you seriously and thus I walked away taking myself and my own efforts more seriously.
And overall, I came away very optimistic. Reading the news and working with the people who have been affected by this recent economic downturn has left all of us battered and bruised – thinking we may NEVER get out of this mess. Spending time with all these folks who are working one-on-one across the country with entrepreneurs of all backgrounds made me realize that we have already turned the corner. The American dream is alive and well in the everyday Americans who are starting companies every day, who are creating new products and pitching new ideas and employing others to build new futures.
Someone at the event mentioned the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl commercial – harkening to his call to action that it is ‘Half Time in America’. Spending a day with other Champions of Change left me sure that the second half of this game is going to be full of opportunities and that our economy is on the right track to make anything possible again. My tribe is working hard to make that a reality.
Will you join us?
Posted by Denise Brosseau on 9th March, 2012 | Comments
Tags: Entrepreneurship, Half Time in America, White House
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