“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau –
One year ago this week a very significant individual left our company. He was responsible for beginning, cultivating and inspiring a powerful cultural shift in the organization. That shift became transformational for the business over the years and it is still very much alive today. More than that, it continues to grow and evolve. And, it does so because he was more interested in building something that would last – something that was about and for all of us – than building something that was about him, sure to slip away not long after his leaving.
I’ve had the opportunity over the last five years to help build that lasting infrastructure and what I have learned is that by making it about the whole rather than about the self you ensure a lasting, even permanent legacy of impact.
Thanks to that way of thinking – that singular, motivating vision and the thoughtfulness to support it – it’s one year later and we’re still here.