There once was a very successful marketing executive. He had a lovely wife and four small children, fabulous home and income. But, he wasn’t happy. He didn’t connect with his company’s soul – its culture. It was time for him to move on. His wife understood. He walked away from the home and income – moved into a small apartment and opened his own advertising agency. He and his family lived on a shoestring budget. He had more time for his wife and his kids. Client meetings were held at the family’s dining room table. Time passed and he build his company into a multi-million dollar success with several dozen employees and large office space. When it was time to sell, instead of selling to the highest bidder – his employees took over. That “force” continues today.
In contrast, there was a very powerful CEO of a very large corporation. Twice divorced, she ruled the company with an iron fist. She started early and stayed late, the bottom-line was everything. When targets weren’t met and stakeholders not happy, she swept through the organization with a broom eliminating position after position. Then, one day and no surprise, she was escorted out. The business closed soon afterwards.
When the “soul” of the company is nurtured there are very strong forces that will hold it together. If the “soul” of the company is not nurtured there are equally strong forces to tear it apart.
The above two stories are fact not fiction. Do either of these stories resonate with you? How healthy is the soul of your life, your home, your work or your community?