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Family First, Work Second. The Power of Family Values in Business.

Family first, work second.

The following is an excerpt from Do Nothing! by J. Keith Murnighan:

A few years ago I presented a workshop on negotiation and decision-making strategies to the members of one of the Australian divisions of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).  (This is a wonderful organization of young executives who can turn to one another for guidance, for advice, and sometimes just for an ear.  They are also completely committed to learning as much as they can about leadership.)  Several of the participants traveled from Western Australia to attend our sessions in Sydney, and I had several conversations with one of them.

He was a remarkably conscientious, self-aware leader, and our conversations touched on a variety of topics during the three days of the workshop.  At one point he mentioned that he only hired people who put their family before their jobs; he didn’t want people in his organization if they put their jobs first.  He felt strongly about this, saying that family-first people were the type of individuals he wanted to work with.  He seemed both sincere and enlightened.

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“Simplifying the externals allows us to cultivate a rich inner and outer life.  A cluttered existence may keep us busy, but busyness doesn’t mean that we are fully engaged in what we are going.  Usually, just the opposite, we feel busy because we are neurotically active at things that don’t matter much in the long run.  It does little good to be successful in a business that requires sixty hours of work a week, while the simple pleasures of home life are neglected.  A complicated person can simplify life and in that simplicity find a sharp articulation of values.  Complicated lives often do the opposite: they show to what extent the person is lost in the busyness of the world.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

Daddy, How Much Do You Make An Hour?

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?”
SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
SON: “Oh!” (With his head down).
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”

The father was furious.

DAD: “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior.” Continue reading

Just Be There.

Just Be There.

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused. Continue reading

“True success – financial, personal, and professional – lies above all in loving your family, working hard, and living your passion.  In telling your story.  In authenticity, hustle, and patience.  In caring fiercely about the big and the small stuff.  In valuing legacy over currency.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk

 

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