A Father-Daughter Dance in Prison

A colleague recently shared this video with me. It touched and inspired me so much that I had to share it with you.

I am a firm believer that individuals are more passionate about projects when they are fully engaged in the development and implementation of them.  Those of us in leadership positions, all too often, use our default setting of telling our employees exactly how a project must be done. Many times employers fail to include the very individuals who will be most affected or give them minimal input in how the project will be executed.

Although adults frequently view children as being incapable of implementing projects from beginning to end, you may be surprised at what children can achieve when given a little support and guidance.

* The speaker is Angela Patton, creator of Camp Diva for girls 11-17 years of age. Click here to learn more about the organization or follow her on twitter @TheCampDivaLady.
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2 thoughts on “A Father-Daughter Dance in Prison

  1. This video sends a profound message. If we allow children to take an active approach on things that affect their destiny, it becomes meaningful and important to the child. In addition, we should think positive and never rule out a solution that may appear impossible. Everyone was able to benefit from the dance. This is my inspiration to help do something that will can make a difference for others.

    • You hit the nail on the head! Imagine how we stifle children’s potential when we constantly tell them that things cannot be done. Our youth might want to be the next Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Medgar Evers, or President Barack Obama. If we constantly tell them that their ideas have no merit, they will become complacent with being an average Joe. While there is nothing wrong with being an average Joe, we desperately need to train our youth to be the next generation of leaders and dream seekers.

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