If you’ve read, The 100: Building Blocks for Business Leadership, you know I dedicate a section to life goals. Below’s summary of my thoughts on values, goals, and an outlook on life.
How do you define what matters most? Imagine your funeral. For me, what roles in my life would I want mentioned (e.g. father, son, husband, professional, volunteer, etc.)? What do I want to create? What do I want to give? At its core, this exercise really comes down to defining values. Values bring meaning to our lives and provide guidance for goals.
Goals transform vision to reality. Here are a few practical tips: Write goals down, break them down into daily/monthly steps. Review daily.
As shared by Tony Robbins, one of the best ways to change how we feel is to “Replace expectation with appreciation.”
Here’s to an awesome 2018 and beyond!
My thanks to flexjobs for including Intertech in a list of 20 employers who support a flexible work environment and work life balance. Along with Intertech, other prestigious firms included on the list were Microsoft, Intel, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
My thanks to the StarTribune for publishing my article “To keep employees, try valuing them.”
In it, I share approaches we’ve taken as a team to create an environment focused on our employees.
We’re in a strong hiring mode. If you’re considering a move, please let me know.
Why Work for Intertech?
We also exceed expectations by offering some exceptional benefits, such as:
- Three-month paid sabbatical for every seven years of service. If you don’t want to take the time, you can opt to receive cash instead…or tailor a combination of time off/cash that works best for you and your family.
- Flexible work culture that allows the majority of our employees to work from home one or more days each week. In fact, nearly half of our revenue last year was generated by employees working remotely.
- SIGNING BONUS: Intertech will purchase equipment for your home office-related expenses (up to $1,500).
- Exceptional teammates who have your back and learn from each other. That’s the result of selective hiring standards in which only one of every 20 hiring candidates are asked to join our team.
- Being part of a rare organization that is a two-time #1 Mid-Sized Employer in Minnesota award winner (Minnesota Business magazine, 2012 & 2014) and one of the Top 10 IT mid-sized consulting firms in North America (Consulting magazine, 9/13).
Know someone who maybe interested in joining our team, connect with them and fill out: https://www.intertech.com/Jobs/Candidate-Referral-Program
Alyssa Satara wrote “5 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life.” It appeared on Inc.com. Below is her list with some of my thoughts:
Perception is reality. This is true for our view of the world and other people’s views of the world and us. Perception can create bias or make us miss what’s happening (how someone feels, a potential opportunity, …).
Everything is temporary. Life cycles. Whether it’s personal, business, or family, life’s not linear. As Satara notes, enjoy the highs and know the lows are temporary.
The importance of being present. I have nothing to add here as the article quotes Lao Tzu “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”
Do what you love, love what you do. As the saying goes, we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time. Life’s too short to not do what’s enjoyable and fulfilling.
Being happy takes work. My favorite book on happiness is What Happy People Know. In the book, the author notes to be happy, we need relationships, purpose, and appreciation.