Begin With the End in Mind

Alex Pollock

Over the past year, I’ve attended a lot of retirement celebrations. Some are more celebratory than others, I must confess, but they all have one thing in common: people reflecting on their relationship with the retiree.

I was privy to a true celebration recently, where for more than 90 minutes people eagerly shared their deep respect for a senior EHS leader in an amazingly consistent manner. Traits they all expressed included honesty, integrity, kindness, humility, compassion, courage, purpose, justice, fairness, wit, wisdom, team-developer, communicator, performance-encourager and “the best leader I ever had.”

As I reflected on my knowledge of this individual, I knew that these traits did not develop by accident. They were the result of a dedication to learning about how to be a great leader and an intent to leave a specific legacy.

It requires great resolve and discipline to train and then deliver what’s really important to us over the long haul. Have you taken time to list what’s important to you? Have you developed the discipline necessary to maximize the likelihood of you getting there?  Or, are you postponing these decisions until tomorrow, or leaving them to chance?

  • Motivate yourself and others
  • Train yourself mentally and physically
  • Hone your performance skills
  • Observe recovery time, i.e. “Life is a series of short sprints”
  • Value every second of every day

Have you thought much about this legacy stuff? What can you share to help and encourage all of us?

About Alex Pollock

Alex Pollock has been studying leadership effectiveness for more than 30 years. A former leader in environment, health and safety, and public affairs at The Dow Chemical Co., he learned that we all have leadership roles to play. He enjoys discussing new ideas and sharing practical ways we can all become better leaders.

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