Building bridges |

While browsing my LinkedIn page, I came across material from a client welcoming Ms. Katherine Sy or Katsy to their company VXI Global Solutions. It was his first day with the company. I “liked” the message and, to my delightful surprise, Katsy wrote me a message thanking me for my response. She said in her post: “Hi Francis, I saw you liked my post, and I’m so so happy! I was nine years old when I found your book (Three Little Words) in my mother’s bag, not knowing it would be my companion for many years. I’m (__) years old now (keep this a secret but just a hint, she’s still very young), and I passed the ‘heavily used’ book on to a dear friend who needed it more. Thank you for bringing good into my life 🙂 “I responded and said,” I took leadership training with your company. Jared (COO) is a great leader, and now that you’re a few years older, I think I should give you another book.

It’s always messages like this that I get every now and then that keep me going. This is also why I continue to give lectures and webinars to students, teachers and parents in schools (all pro bono), to this day.

I had trained and taught Generation X when they were just starting out or halfway through their career. I had spoken to Millennials when they were still in the early years of their college life. I’m now speaking to Generation Z, who are still in college. Connecting with them gives me a tremendous sense of fulfillment that is hard to find elsewhere.

It’s not uncommon for me to receive invitations to speak from clients who first heard me while still in high school.

Although I do not operate in an academic setting, I see myself as a teacher, an educator communicating and presenting life lessons that can make a difference in the lives of some people. I guess that’s what teachers do. As the corporate world juggles endless slogans on “Find your why”, “Discover your purpose”, “Find meaning” etc., teachers and educators know full well that they are builders. of bridges. For this specific purpose, they do what they do.


by: Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man taking a lonely highway,

Came, the cold gray evening,

Towards a vast and deep and wide abyss.

Through which flowed a gloomy tide

The old man crossed in the dark twilight,

The brooding stream was not afraid for him;

But he turned around when he was safe on the other side

And build a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said another nearby pilgrim,

“You are wasting your strength building here;

Your journey will end with the day of the end,

You will never go through this again;

You crossed the abyss, deep and wide,

Why build this bridge at the evening tide?

The builder raised his old gray head;

“Good friend, on the way I came” he said,

“He followed me today

A young man whose feet have to go through this.

This abyss that was nothing to me

For this young blond, maybe a trap;

He too must cross in the semi-darkness;

Good friend, I’m building this bridge for him!

The work of the teacher or educator is noble because it is about building bridges.

I haven’t met Katsy in person yet, but I sure hope one day I will. And maybe a word of encouragement to teachers and educators and trainers, coaches and parents, go ahead and build bridges.

I look forward to building more bridges in this new year. Join me in my Build-Build-Build program.

(Francis Kong’s “Inspiring Excellence” podcast is now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or other podcast streaming platforms.)

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