Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Dad I Learned From Being a CEO
BY Clint Greenleaf
OK, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration -- my only child is 7 1/2 months old and I'm barely able to keep up with her. But there are a lot of things that I've learned from managing people that translate well into parenthood -- and vice versa.
Let Them Cry
Sometimes, no matter how hard it may be, you need to let them cry it out. Whether it's an employee who wants more of something but hasn't quite earned it yet (money, PTO, etc.) or a baby who is overtired and needs to sleep, you can't always get what you want. As a parent and a CEO, you can't always give them what they ask for. That's an important lesson for everyone.
Last updated: Nov 27, 2007
CLINT GREENLEAF is the founder and CEO of Greenleaf Book Group (GBG), an Inc. 500 company, and a leading publisher and distributor with several NY Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Clint (a CPA) sits on the University of Texas Libraries Board, blogs for Inc.com, is a regular guest host on Fox Business Network and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, Fox, MSBNC, Money magazine, Men's Health, Forbes and Entrepreneur. @clintgreenleaf