When my kids were younger, we’d take walks along Coot Lake near our home in Boulder, Colorado and pretend that a birdman lived there, a hybrid hiding in the trees. We’d make up stories about him. And as they grew older, the story of The Birdman of Coot Lake became more elaborate.
Recently, we decided to take the “legend” of The Birdman of Coot Lake to a whole different level. My 10 year old and I spent some time during the COVID-19 quarantine launching a site to share our invented story and sell t-shirts to support Denver’s Wild Bird Rescue and Rehab.
We wrote the legend together. We developed the site together on Shopify and designed a logo with the help of a designer on Fiverr. We arranged for product fulfillment through Printify and priced the t-shirts after calculating our expenses. We also launched Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.
So what does this have to do with mindfulness or leadership?
• We came up with the story collaboratively. Leaders collaborate with others.
• The development of the story and the creation of the “business” required creativity at every step. Leaders need to think outside the box.
• When his older brothers wanted to get involved, our founder (i.e.… Read the rest and share