I forgot who posted it, but earlier this week I read a blog post about "Knowing Your Why." Great leaders know their purpose! This blogger also posted a link to a Ted talk by Simon Sinek about purpose. Simon makes the case that the most innovative companies/individuals of our time were successful not because of their products or services but because of their PURPOSE or their BELIEFS! People gravitate towards organizations/individuals that share similar belief systems. So, I showed a video about Oscar Pistorious and the engineering behind his synthetic legs and asked the kids write down their "Why's" and share with me what they feel their purpose was. I had plenty of dry erase boards, so I figured why not?!
Ted Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html