[MMM] One Thing Even More Important Than Your Career

Jan 16, 2017 | The “Accomplishments” Edition


Good Monday morning,


Every week I think, talk, and write about things that matter around work. I spend my time exploring challenges within organizations. I am committed to making work better for Canadians – that is my purpose and the mission of the company I lead.


I look at what teams are focused on, what is working, and what can be made better. I explore what it means to find the right fit, how to evolve, and how to navigate change as a leader.


I am very fortunate to be able to invest my days working with interesting and complex opportunities, with people who are smart, committed, and dedicated to being better at what they do.


Let’s face it, work is important. Work fulfillment is one of the core elements to living well.


One comment in President Obama’s farewell speech truly caught my ear:


“Malia & Sasha: You are smart, and you are beautiful. But more importantly, you are kind, and you are thoughtful, and you are full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”


President Obama has accomplished so much in his life. Evolving from a single parent family to going to school at Harvard. He had overcome a multitude of challenges and had unexpectedly reached the pinnacle of power and influence on a global scale.


Any one of his accomplishments, we would suggest would be outstanding. The person with the biggest job in the world, with all the time, travel and demands that came from his role, President Obama was most proud of his role as a father.


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I heard a great analogy from one of my clients. There are bouncy balls in our lives – moments that sting short term but that we can bounce back from, such as an organization restructuring, changing roles, etc. When you bounce back you often find yourself in a much better place. Then, there are glass balls – the things that once you break, they are truly not recoverable, such as the relationships with the people we love most.


I would suggest what you are most proud of is where you invest and prioritize your time and your love. It’s ok for your values to be out of sync from time to time; you are human.


Just remember which balls are bouncy and which to treat with the most utmost care. The greatest risk lies in allowing career success to displace a life legacy you can be proud of.


Thank you to President & First Lady Michelle Obama for truly exemplifying what a successful life looks like.


Along the road with you!




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