Honor Role – McKay Hatch – 16 Year Old Leader

Event

In 2007, McKay Hatch was a 14 year old Freshman just starting High School. He was tired of listening to the constant cussing by most of his friends and challenged them to stop. The result? The No Cussing Club which now has over 20,000 member around the world.

Leadership Principle

There are two principles here… 1) You have to stand up for what you believe. 2) Leaders don’t let things get in their way (in this case McKay’s age).

Reflections

  1. I am surprised by both the positive and negative reaction that McKay has generated. On the plus side, it is encouraging to know that kids and teens are willing to stand up for what is right. On the negative side, McKay and his family have received death threats over the No Cussing Club. I find it hard to fathom, that someone feels so strongly about cussing that they threaten a young teen to stop trying to bring civility to the world.
  2. I have a confession. At one point in my life, I cussed… a lot. They didn’t come up with the phrase “cuss like a sailor” without cause. Having been a Naval Aviator… nuff said. However, at some point along life’s journey, I started to realize that cussing wasn’t such a good thing. That it made people uncomfortable and just showed immaturity and a lack of class.
  3. I have run into cussing in the workplace, and it was never a good thing. It always reflected a cocky attitude that prevented others from speaking their minds. Groupthink or a hostile work environment come to mind.

Challenge

Is there cussing in your organization? Is it appropriate? If you think the answer is yes, why do we teach our kids that it is wrong? Stop the cussing in your organization – only good things will come of it. At one client, we started a cussing jar and anyone who cussed during a meeting had to fork over some cash. We used the cash for a pizza party.

McKay and Dr. Phil
McKay and Dr. Phil

All the best,
All the time
JT

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