Some view money differently. Some of our company’s CEOs see money as not only a way to grow their business, but their employees as well. They are committed to giving back to the community. Do you know that our Future Forward campaign is just $7,000 away from our $250,000 goal? This generosity has ALL been from our Chamber Members, businesses large and small. I’ve found that the most successful businesses are dedicated to giving back to the community and making sure there are plenty of development opportunities for employees to grow and learn.
Staying humble. Over and over, some of the most successful Members we have are some of the humblest people I know. These business professionals are so focused on doing their job well and making sure they take others along with them to share in the success. They never back away from acknowledging others that had a hand in their success. They continue to find opportunities to learn, grow, and seek advice. The beauty is that instead of focusing on all that they’ve done, they’re far more interested in focusing on all that’s left to do!
Rethink work/life balance. The ever-elusive work/life balance. I learned many years ago that trying to find the balance is an exercise in futility. But one of our Members put it succinctly, AdreAnne Tesene of Two Bostons shared, ”Work/life balance doesn’t exist, it’s more about work/life integration.” I couldn’t agree more. The truth is, if you own your business, or love what you do, your business is your life and your life becomes your business. There really is no separation, it all comes together at some point. Therefore, it’s best to learn how to integrate vs. trying to segregate.
Chamber engagement. With all this wisdom comes the understanding of being engaged with the Chamber. Taking advantage of the great people that are part of this organization. Successful Members understand that no matter what technology replaces human interaction, there will never be anything to replace face-to-face relationships. Relationships are built off trust, and it’s hard to build a relationship virtually. Sitting down with other businesses, sharing stories and learning about their challenges and successes builds that trust. With that trust comes business. Relationships are business builders.
It’s no wonder that you all continue to find success. As much as common sense tells us the more money we make, the more successful we’ll be, it isn’t the only driver. You are more focused on the success of others, contributing to a great community and staying focused on the overall impact, both internally and externally, of your business. I look forward to 2019 and learning more from all of you. Like the line in As Good as It Gets, by Jack Nicholson, “You make me want to be a better man.” You all make me want to be a better leader not only for your success, but for the success of our entire community.
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Here’s to a great holiday season!