As I write this, I'm on a plane, headed home from Indianapolis. To give you a quick view into what some of my more hectic weeks look like, here's a snapshot:
I left Monday morning to fly to a meeting at a research division of a company in California. I woke up at 4AM PST time on Tuesday, to make sure I could message my kids back home before they headed to school, and get on some east-coast calls. Then I spent the rest of the day with MBA students, and early stage companies at Stanford University. before hopping on a plane Tuesday night to go to Indianapolis for a board meeting. I love my work, and am appreciative of the opportunities I have, but as I've described in other posts, I sometimes feel conflicted about trips away from home.
But it's books like Max Yoder's new release, "Do Better Work" that reinforce the benefits of focusing on the positive and continuous learning, that keep my proverbial cup on the half-full side.
I have the unique privilege of serving on the Board of Directors of Lessonly, the company that Max co-founded and leads as CEO. In addition to running an incredibly fast-growing, private equity backed company, Max is genuinely focused on making a positive impact in the lives of others. Lessonly's mission statement "we help people do better work so they can live better lives" isn't something that's just given lip service. It's something I see Max and his teams use to consistently inform decision making in everything from team building, to product development to customer service. In his book, he gets right into some of the specific ways we can all produce better outcomes by finding clarity, camaraderie and progress. The concepts he articulates are straightforward but profound. If you're looking for more ways to appreciate the opportunities you have before you, and lead your teams to "do better work", I highly recommend this book.