My friend and former boss Tally emailed me a link to Lee Iacocca’s “9 C’s of Leadership” (widely quoted). I agreed with Iacocca’s 9 C’s and went out and bought his 2007 book: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
Learning. Earning. Returning. It’s similar to a maxim I learned years ago: Do well to do good.
While I find I agree with a lot of Iacocca’s thinking, I disagree a bit with his his suggestion that retirement is the time for returning. Iacocca came late to the realization that one should give something back to society, recognizing this need to help him find fulfillment his retirement years.
My friends Wayne and Mike made the returning point to me when they asked me to consider leaving my newly-gained partnership in Andersen Consulting – and its income – to join the Cuomo Administration in 1983. Now, 26 years later, I still recall them observing: “This State has been so good to you – look at how successful you’ve become. Don’t you think you should do something to repay that goodness?”
I’m grateful that because of my parents and society, I got to learn and I got to earn. I’m also grateful that because of my upbringing and friends, I’ve gained great personal satisfaction in having the opportunity to start and keep returning, long before my retirement years.