BY PHILLIP VAN HOOSER,
MBA, CSP, CPAE
On many of my dashes home to Princeton,
Kentucky (population 6,536), I often won-
dered, “Why isn’t someone doing what I
do—working to identify and grow leaders—
Beware. Honest answers to probing ques-
tions often result in personal conviction. After
years of wondering why someone else wasn’t
working to grow our local leaders, I eventually
asked myself, then answered, two fundamen-
tal leadership questions:
If not me, who?
And if not now, when?
In the summer of 2014, Susan (my wife
and business partner) and I finally answered
those questions. In doing so, we determined
it was us and the time was now.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN
YOUR OWN BACKYARD
Hundreds of times during my speaking career I’ve participated in what I call the “speaker dash.” You have too. We
dash from our homes to some far-flung client
engagement. For me, it’s to deliver practical
leadership concepts, real-world applications,
and hopefully an engaging story or two along
the way. The platform portion of our dash traditionally concludes with applause, handshakes,
and exchanged business cards. With our onstage
mission accomplished, our “dash” resumes, this
time leading us back home or to the next client
Here’s the bottom line: Clients pay us to leave
our homes so we can inform, inspire, and/or entertain their employees, members, or constituents
where they are. Have you ever wondered why the
same is not happening where you are? I have.