I rewrote my personal mission, vision, and values.
It's been too long.
I recently left my position as Executive Director at Underbelly Creative to pursue new challenges. I realized that it had been far too long since I had revisited my personal mission, vision, and values (something one should do every year ideally). I wanted to build a compass for the next stage of my life that would allow me to pursue a role and company that I could really pour my heart into.
I reread a few incredible books that had been key to my personal growth as a professional: "Leaders Eat Last" by Simon Sinek, "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown, and "Radical Candor" by Kim Scott. These three books are easily the most important career focused books I've ever read, and were key inspirations for the values definitions I ended up crafting for this next stage of my life. Here's what I came up with—
I am here to help others thrive as fully realized human beings by being a radically gracious husband, father, and leader.
I have two vibrant children who love learning and treat themselves and others well. I have a wife who feels wonderfully beautiful and loved. I lead a team at a company that I would go to the mat for, and am known for leading in a radically selfless way.
I put my family first.
I value loyalty.
I believe that people reach their full potential when they are loved unconditionally and when they feel safe and valued.
Everyone deserves this. ^
I believe people deserve to be told the truth in a helpful manner.
My friends, family, and co-workers deserve to be heard.
I believe in having conversations over censoring people or things.
I believe in seeking first to understand before being understood, in asking questions before offering opinions, forming thoughts after listening, and speaking last instead of just waiting to speak.
I believe in complete separation of church and state, and church and business.
When I see a problem, I strive to fix it instead of running from it.
I strive to be anti-racist, and surround myself with people who also value social justice.
Conflict is an opportunity to treat someone else in a way that helps them feel loved and valued.
Leaders aren’t here to be in charge, we’re here to take care of those in our charge.
Profit should not be a primary goal. It’s ok to track profit, but that should not be any businesses real goal. Profit and success are not synonymous.
I would rather be genuine, even if it means less opportunity or success.