Happy Father's Day

I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day.  I enjoy seeing all the dads on Facebook, and the smiles brightened my day.

I thought I would share a story with you about my dad. 

I remember this time when I was a child, that our family went to the movies.  My dad was a young officer in the navy, stationed at Barber’s Point NAS in Hawaii, so we saw movies on the base where it was cheaper.  As the lights went down, and the movie started, it became clear no one had opened the curtain in front of the screen.  The crowd turned ugly in the dark, yelling and throwing things.  My father scooted past me and went down the side aisle, up the stairs and behind the curtain.  He opened the curtain and the crowd calmed instantly as the movie previews made it to the big screen.  My father slid back in beside me and my sister and didn’t say a word.

Both of my parents have offered me amazing guidance over the years. I wanted to share this story with you, because as I reflected today on being a good father to my young son, I recognized this lesson took.

Take action, don’t look for attention, solve the problem in front of you, small actions can have big impacts, stand up for the right thing even if it is unclear where the crowd stands.

It is a lesson I try to remember in Olympia when things start to get bombastic.

As we head deeper into summer, and the campaigns get even more pointed, I hope we can all remember the lessons our parents taught us -- like being able to disagree without being disagreeable, and about how leadership should be positive.

If you feel like it, send me some of your favorite tidbits of parental advice, and I will add them to my next blog post on my website.

Have a great week,



Updated: (Advice from my folks, or sent in)

Show them what you are made of.

If you are going to do a job, do it well.

Leadership is positive.

Protect your time, you never have enough of it.

A Fast Company Article with advice from fathers: