I received this email today from a young man who serves on the leadership team of our young professionals marketplace ministry, ENGAGE. It is a powerful example of how a simple gesture can have timeless influence. Maybe we should all stop after reading this post and pay this idea forward! Are you up for it?
We just found out that our CEO passed away early this morning. He had been fighting cancer for almost five years.
He did some amazing things for our company in the almost ten years that he was our CEO. Not only did he grow our business, but he invested in many different company-wide programs in an effort to help employees grow both personally and professionally. He even took the time, three years ago, to write a short congratulatory letter to a young engineer for a miniscule accomplishment that he had noticed in the newspaper. A letter that still hangs on that young engineer’s fridge to this day.
The power of influence is mighty.
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Posted in Balance, Faith and Work, Family, Work, tagged balance, Excellence, Faith, Family, Influence, Urban Meyer, Work, work/life balance on August 9, 2012 |
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Ready for change? Ready for some help, for some inspiration in this ongoing, frustrating battle that leaders have with work/life balance?
Before posting this blog, I sent this same content as an email to a large number of workplace leaders that I know and love. After writing it, I knew that you should have it as well.
I’ve struggled with work/life balance issues most of my life. Since moving back to Arkansas 12 years ago, I’ve been blessed to manage my “problem” better – although leading a grueling, fast-paced non-profit with minimal resources has tested me. Without asking, I know that each of you have had seasons of fighting to balance your work and your life.
This updated story of Urban Meyer’s work/life balance is powerful, exposing the real ongoing battle that leaders face. Wanting to do your work with excellence and win! But also wanting to love your spouse and your children.
Read this story in your quiet time early in the morning when you have time to absorb and reflect. Ask yourself some hard questions. Am I really being honest with myself? How many hours am I really working everyday? When I am home, am I really home? Am I scheduling specific events with my spouse (like date night) and kids every week? Ask your spouse and kids how you’re doing. Be willing to listen to what they have to say. Then listen to what God tells you to do.
There is a book mentioned in the article Lead… For God’s Sake. It is a powerful, provocative sports fiction book about the real purpose of your work and life. Urban Meyer ended up writing the forward after reading it.
God has given you incredible influence at home and at work. I hope you will use these resources to help you live your life at work with greater purpose and meaning.
We are passionate about helping you live out your life and your work in God-pleasing ways. I hope this is one of them.
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