What a Teen Taught an Executive

14 Sep

Several weeks ago I presented a seminar on leadership and during the Q & A one person thoughtfully noted it is difficult to maintain balance between job and family when all our technology increasingly makes us available 24/7.

Later that week the CEO of a company told me a story about his 13 year-old son.  Several years ago the family set out west on a vacation and a couple hours into the trip his son asked him where his Blackberrry was.  He stated that he didn’t bring it and his son replied “Dad, it will be swell to have you with us on this trip.”  The incident was an epiphany for this leader, several years later he remembered and was recounting the story.

I was reminded of a statement in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Stephen Covey notes that few of us will be thinking about spending more time at work when we are dying.  Consider the importance of work – life balance.

Beyond Luck is now an e-book on Amazon.  At $6.95 it’s a great deal.


2 Responses to “What a Teen Taught an Executive”

  1. Lynn Manternach September 14, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    This is a lesson I understand intellectually, but can’t seem figure out how to implement. I appreciate reminders like this that it can be done, and I have to keep focusing on making it happen. Thanks John!

  2. Joshua Dodson September 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    This is definitely something that is very difficult to achieve. I am making a conscious effort to be present wherever I am. It is much easier said than done. I think that awareness is a good start.

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