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I started this firm to dedicate myself and my partners to bringing an integrated set of skills to helping leaders be even more effective in their roles. As the website says, I am building on 35 years of experience as a coach, consultant, divisional CEO in Fortune 500 company, and business school educator and researcher. I won’t bore you here with more of that.
I do, though, want to talk about the name August Max Leadership Partners. Where did it come from and why is it important to me? Honestly, I have come to believe that things just come together at the right moment. At the same time that I was creating my firm, I watched two movies in the same week: August Rush and Where the Wild Things are. Each caught my attention as I crafted what this firm and our approach is all about.
August Rush (2007) is about a 12 year old orphan who has been a ward of the state his entire life and who goes on a quest to find his birth parents. It is also turns out that the main character is a musical prodigy and takes the name August Rush as his stage name. Three things grabbed me about August Rush, the boy. First, he could not help but pursue this passion to find his parents. The drive and perseverance were amazing to me. Second, he couldn’t help but bring his gift of music to the world. And, in fact, did it in several different formats. And, third, when you watch the movie you see the sense of wonderment he has about all that goes on around him. He is engaged and curious.
I found myself saying, “yes, that is who I am and, more notably, that’s who I want to help my clients be.” I am dedicated to you finding your passion as a leader, to you bringing your unique gifts to the world, to all of us seeing the world with our eyes open and through a sense of wonderment.
So, August is for August Max and his passion, gifts, and sense of wonderment.
Max, on the other hand, is the main character in Where the Wild Things Are, a movie (2009) adaptation of the book (1963) by Maurice Sendak (one of my favorites as a child). Max lives in a world of his own creation, possibly in his dreams, possibly in real life. It’s actually hard to know. But, what is clear, is that he dreams big and, as Carl, possibly the fantasy father figure says, “You’re the owner of this world. Everything you see is yours.” While the quote and this movie have some dark interpretations about leadership and community, what I love is the unbridled vision and the ability to craft your part of the world.
And, so Max is for vision, leadership, and individuality.
I am in the business of helping leaders engage their vision, their passion, and their unique individual gifts, and their sense of curiosity, wonderment of what’s possible. And, so, August Max Leadership Partners.
By the way, let me comment also on the word “partners.” (Leadership is either too obvious or too long a conversation for right here, right now). Sure, “partners” means that there is more than just me, that I can, do, and will bring others in to work with you and your teams as appropriate. And, it links back to our concept of being leadership guides…we are YOUR partners. We are not here to do it for you or to you. But, to assist you, to be part of your team as you need it. We are your guides and your partners. So, again, August Max Leadership Partners.
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