Pass the Torch

1 Minute Tips

Date: 22/01/2019

 Your 1-Minute Leadership Tip

Pass the Torch.  

The beginning of a calendar year is a great time to take stock of all your extra-curricular activities. 

My nature was to always say, “Yes” and then figure out how to make it work.  Those “Yeses” meant being part of lots of great organizations and volunteer committees, chairing events, fundraising and so on, but it all adds up.  Does that sound like you?

Now before I say “Yes”, I do a quick check and ask myself, “If I say yes to this, what I am saying no to?”  It usually means saying no to family time or self-care.  It makes saying no easier.

With that shift in mindset, I focus my extra-curricular activities in areas I am deeply passionate about and that fill my tank, which supports self-care.

You may feel very passionate about something you are currently involved in, but just can’t continue to commit the time required.

Pass the torch.

I learned this lesson from one of my mentors, a very active and passionate business community leader, Monica Krueger.  She has many examples of getting a project off the ground, like the ATHENA Leadership Awards® and then stepping aside for others to lead once the momentum has started.  

It can be just as rewarding to pass the torch, then continuing to do it yourself…especially if your flame is flickering.


Andrea Hansen B.Comm., CFP, GBA
Business Advisor

Taken and adapted from “Three Insights I Learned from Monica Krueger”, BusinessVIEW Saskatoon, October/ November 2017

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

                                                        - Sherrilyn Kenyon


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