Since beginning BowTie Cause, Dhani, Kunta and I have always agreed that it’s bigger than the BowTie. There’s a larger / values based conversation to be uncovered. So whenever we have an opportunity to engage in that larger conversation, we try our best to make it happen.
Late last month, Dhani and I had the opportunity to visit the DeVos Sport Business Management program at the University of Central Florida (http://web.bus.ucf.edu/sportbusiness/). It is a renowned, one-of-a-kind program started by the legendary Dr. Lapchick, which focuses on diversity and ethics in sports. Dhani’s talk to a full room of students was based on the notion that diversity is not only important, but very essential to personal growth.
As we walked into the building, Dhani was busy typing notes on his iPhone and this was the result of which went up on the screen:
You know the problems that inherently exist
Change the stream of consciousness
Travel your own direction no matter if it’s
against the grain
Reverse engineer your potential
Deconstruct the negative stereotypes and…
I’ve seen Dhani speak in many settings, from 10 to 1000 people, but this was one of his best. It was deep with personal narrative and goals. Some of the things I had not heard before, but the closing I had heard in multiple ways. Paraphrasing, the closing was a challenge to the students…”embrace your story, be open to relationships, and get to know the person sitting next to you. You never know when someone that doesn’t look like you will add value to your life. We are connected by our stories.”
It could be the BowTie Cause manifesto…and the BowTie evokes the larger conversation, thus uncovering values.