In 2004 I was engaged in the soul-stretching process of earning a PhD in Consulting Psychology. One of the requirements in my executive coaching class was to interview a local executive coach. We were each randomly assigned someone to interview. Fortune smiled upon me. My assignment was Marshall Goldsmith. At the time, I had never
Legacy is a box that can never be checked. The work is never done. But it happens whether you do something about it or not. In other words, you can be intentional or unintentional. Either way, your influence will be felt. It just may not be felt in the way you want it to be. This was never more apparent to me than just last week when I spent time interviewing a potential new client. (I will call him Joe)
Joe is now 77 years old and still running the business he founded over 40 years ago. His health and energy are fading and he can no longer influence the business the way he once did. It is past time for him to step aside, but he can’t. He never took the time to intentionally develop an exit plan, so the business is poorly positioned to survive without him.
Life. That’s what happened to me this year. I realize that if it didn’t I wouldn’t be here to write about it, but the life I experienced this year stretched me in some very remarkable ways.
My cup was constantly full. So full, that at times I worried about it overflowing. I didn’t want to be left without the capacity to enjoy the meaningful moments, but life kept happening at a breakneck pace.
There never was enough time or money. I struggled to maintain my energy and my faith. Even my ability to love felt limited.