I woke up this morning early because I was still energized by my busy Thursday. I started with an 8 am breakfast with a CEO client. We’ve worked together since 2005 and now our consultations occurs at The Ritz Carlton over breakfast. He shares the successes his 1,200 person company is enjoying as well as some significant solutions in his son’s family owned business. How does this leader determine what to focus on? He is guided constantly by his commitment to excellence in business, of course, but also by his commitment to a high standard of gracious living and success for his community, his company, his people and his family. He knows what is important and how to allocate his time and resources accordingly.
I got a voice mail a little later in the day from a former client in DC. He so values connections with others that he stays in touch and reaches out when important events occur in my life. This, from one of the most knowledgeable and influential people in DC in his industry. An industry bombarded with intense pressure to provide higher quality of services at much lower costs while under tremendous regulatory scrutiny.
I ended my work day with my colleague, Barbara Ralston, in a meeting with a long-time client and one of his new executives. This client has been an inspiration to me for over a decade because of his commitment to his people and his family. He shared about coming back this week from the East Coast after taking his high achieving grandson to tour an Ivy League college as well as several other colleges and Universities and NYC, DC and Baltimore. This leader knows how to make time for what is most important to him.
What gives these extraordinary leaders, at the pinnacle of their careers, the ability to take time out to think strategically with me, to celebrate successes and to invest time in growing their businesses, other family members and themselves? They know their values and they use this self-knowledge to guide their day to day activities, their goals and their aspirations for others.
They do not allow themselves to be consumed by the challenge of the day!
What is missing in your life, career, business, and calendar that prevents you from focusing on what is most important?