The Light at the End of the Road

Eighteen days. That is all that remains until my job is over and my new job begins. In fact, it is even fewer days than that, as this Friday Tawn and I will fly to the U.S. for an eleven-day vacation. Still I am counting down the days, wrapping up the loose ends.

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The light at the end of the tunnel?

Saturday afternoon, I concluded a six-day bootcamp for one of my client’s “next generation” leadership programs. I’m particularly proud of the success of this program and was pleased when one of the CEOs complimented the impact we had on the participants. It feels good to leave knowing the work leaves a positive mark on those who have come into contact with it.

After one day off to rest, this afternoon I conducted the graduation for another client’s young leaders program. The HR Director and GM both had positive things to say, regretting my departure. I know that nobody is irreplaceable. Still, it is rewarding to know that people value the work I do.

There’s a development exercise in which people are asked to imagine their funeral: who attends? Who speaks? And what do they say? While it is a bit morose, it can be a good exercise. While it may sound immodest, I find it comforting to know that if anything happened to me (untimely death), I would leave this world having left a positive mark on it.

Maybe still feeling a bit shaken by the recent death of a friend, so my thoughts are kind of morbid. But I like the idea of being able to think of specific people and know that they are a bit better off for having met me.

10 thoughts on “The Light at the End of the Road

  1. I am sorry for the recent death of your friend. I think we all would like to think we have left a positive mark on this world when we leave it. I want to believe I have left more good than bad behind me in the path I walked while I was here.
    I would like to believe that when a memory, or a thought of me passes through someones mind, it will bring a small smile to their lips.
    Enjoy your vacation.

  2. Speaking of leaving a mark on people, I just received news that two of my former students, who met in a series we did last year that had participants from two different companies, are getting married next month. I want them to name their children after the different leadership capabilities we learned.

  3. It’s good you can say that. I’m sure we all have done good in our lives, even if for some, these things aren’t relatively big things. It makes me think of those ads where someone sees someone else doing good, and they then do a good deed for someone else, and it goes on and on.

    • My sister and I were commenting on how, when we were children, a lot of the lessons we learned from our parents, teachers, etc. were about doing good for others. It seems like there is less emphasis on that nowadays.

  4. Job satisfaction is one of the most important things in our daily lives. Imagine if we were one of those who went in and hated it and just did it to pay the bills. 😦

    Like I said last time I think your work sounds so rewarding. Have a great holiday and best of luck in your new chapter!

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