Scott Jeffrey Miller is currently FranklinCovey’s senior advisor on thought leadership, leading the strategy, development, and publication of the firm’s bestselling books. He is also the host of the podcast “C-Suite Conversations with Scott Miller”, which features interviews with the world’s top executives, as well as the author of the multivolume series Master Mentors: 30 Transformative Insights from Our Greatest Business Minds.
From Bachelor to Father: The Scott Jeffrey Miller Journey
In this episode, Larry Hagner welcomes Scott Jeffrey Miller, who embarks on a revealing journey from his bachelor days to fathering three boys. Scott candidly discusses his transition into parenthood, unexpected career trajectory, and his latest book that focuses on his passion for mentorship. Moving away from traditional perceptions, the conversation illuminates the essence of parenting as a mutual learning experience, thus underlining mentorship’s role in shaping a child’s self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth.
“Naming Their Genius”: A New Approach to Parenting
Scott Jeffrey Miller underlines the importance of appreciating a child’s unique abilities and contributions. He advocates the practice of “naming their genius,” a validating method that can enhance a child’s self-worth and enable them to meet challenges head-on. He also compares the parent’s role to that of an archaeologist, gently unearthing a child’s passions and aspirations, thus enabling children to own their journey.
The Power and Perils of Validation
Also pivotal is the role of parents as validators who affirm their child’s capabilities. However, Scott cautions against over-validation, which can diminish the impact of genuine achievements. He also touches on the significance of clear boundaries, using his own strict rules around behaviors like drinking, drugs, and tattoos as an example, to steer children towards positive behaviors.
Summary: Mentorship as the Key to Effective Parenting
In summary, Scott Jeffrey Miller paints a compelling picture of parenting as mentorship and validation. This model encourages the nurturing of a child’s inherent strengths, mutual growth, and the setting of boundaries. By embracing this approach, parents can foster strong connections with their children, providing them with a trusted confidant and mentor throughout their lives.
- Encourage autonomy in personal relationships.
- Cultivate active listening for better connections.
- Discover untapped potential through effective mentorship.
What You’ll Learn
00:03:06 Importance of mentorship for success.
00:07:23 Showing gratitude for parents’ efforts.
00:15:43 Parenting and mentorship are synergistic.
00:16:21 Parenting is mentorship and validation.
00:23:38 Validation is a powerful tool.
00:30:12 Validation is a powerful gift.
00:36:14 Encourage entrepreneurship and leadership skills.
00:41:16 Setting clear boundaries is important.
00:51:24 Support others in their goals.
00:57:23 Importance of allowing personal growth.
01:01:42 Be humble and live legendary.
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