Leading at Home . . . Working the Second Shift

repost from 10.1.10

All week we have considered ways to lead at home.  Today I leave you with one final thought on the subject.  It was passed along to me yesterday from a young co-worker.

The idea is based on a phrase from a guy named J.R. Vassar.  Vassar encourages guys to be “men of the second shift.”

Whether you are a man or woman, if you want to be an authentic leader, you need to “work the second shift.”  In other words, when you leave work and go home, it is time to go to work on building a great family.

There is no better classroom for learning how to be selfless than your marriage.  And your role as a mom or dad is perhaps the greatest leadership role you will ever have.

Too many leaders neglect their families and it shipwrecks their lives, not to mention their leadership.

As you head into this weekend, why not take some extra time to invest some one on one time with your kids or plan a date with your spouse.

I believe it is impossible to be an effective, authentic leader unless you are willing to “work the second shift.”




What is your favorite family moment from this past month?

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10 years ago

My favorite family moment from this past month happened last Sunday at The Varsity @ Town Center. Between all of us, we traveled about a 750 miles to spend two hours together on Sunday afternoon. As Ryan stated in your Blog Comments earlier this week, it was worth every mile to make memories with the best family in the world! I love you Big Bro!


10 years ago

thanks Sis! It was awesome.


10 years ago

Our work at home may sometimes include that critical third shift as well. I’m certain that we’ll be spending time together in Chatsworth working the third shift as Dad begins his journey in defeating cancer. By the way,Ronna was probably intending the Big Bro comment for me. I feel the Love.


10 years ago

Put me down for the third shift little bro! Great comment.

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