After 32 years of working in the business world I am finally learning to live, work, speak, and now retire from the heart. What do I mean by this?
As an analytical, data-driven person, it has been easy for most of my career to work and speak from my head. As an investment person, this is generally a good thing. However, in working with and dealing with people, working from the heart is more impactful. My cancer experience was a catalyst to work more from the heart. To tell more stories from my own experiences, that come from the heart. I am glad I figured this out eventually, better late than never, right?
This past week, I spent 4 hours onstage at our leadership forum speaking from the heart about lessons learned in my career and tips that this high potential, emerging leader group could use. Initially, I was told to prepare a lot of data and information for this group on our business so they could better understand it. After getting back from my India trip I asked to see the bio’s of the participants as I like to know my audience if at all possible. I read through all 50 of the bios twice so I could make some personal connections with the audience.
One cool thing about the participant bio’s is that they each wrote down what they wanted to get out of this forum. I would say roughly 90% wanted the senior leaders speaking to share lessons learned over the course of their career. So I essentially threw away a large portion of my presentation and script and spoke from the heart using stories and examples from my career. The feedback I got told me this was the right move.
Colossians 3:22-24 commands us to work with all our heart and it would be a logical extension to believe that speaking from the heart is also in God’s plan for how we show up and operate in the work place.
A Boomer In Transition (from head to heart)