Since the earliest days of 3Pillar I have wanted to create a different kind of culture. I believe that the highest performing teams value each member of their team. Employees are to be valued not just for what they can do, but because they are innately worthwhile. Respecting the dignity of every individual is core to who I am and I wanted that to be embedded into the company.
That’s why, early on at 3Pillar, I decided that we would provide premium healthcare benefits, not only to our employees, but to their entire family. I wanted to create an environment where people understood that we valued and took care of our employees – even the part of it that was unrelated to their work.
So I decided that we would not only provide a platinum healthcare plan, but we would pay for 100% of the health premium for both our employees and their families. For me, this was a way of both living our values and differentiating ourselves as an employer.
Unfortunately, this decision backfired.
Last week I had the privilege of speaking to students from the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Center for Leadership. After sharing with them my thoughts about optimizing your impact as a leader, I opened up the floor to questions.
One question I received was about prayer. What tricks do I have for staying rooted in prayer despite my busy schedule?
I answered that there’s no “secret sauce.” I admitted that I struggle to remain faithful to my prayer and that it’s typically hard work. I try to get up early in the morning and pick myself back up when I fail to follow through.
I do a lot of travel, outside of my time zone and into overseas time zones. It never ceases to amaze me how many people don’t understand time zones and time zone management, especially on their calendars.
There are two simple ways to manage time across different time zones.
The key is to make sure no matter what location you’re in, you are consistent and that your appointments show up at the right time on your calendar.
I will be sharing my story and lessons learned with former professional athletes as part of The Corporate Huddle’s monthly program for professional athletes.
||November 20, 2013
||The Corporate Huddle
||Bootstrap! Principles for Entrepreneurial Success
The Corporate Huddle
||McLean, VA 22102
I am excited to deliver the keynote address – “Mass Media is Dead – Embracing the Age of TechMedia” at Franciscan University’s Faith and Media Conference.
||April 12, 2014
||Media and Faith Conference
||Mass Media is Dead; Embracing the age of TechMedia
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Pugliese Auditorium, Franciscan University of Steubenville
||1235 University Blvd
Steubenville, OH 43952
Patrick Lencioni is an author who I admire and whose work I really enjoy. This month, I’d like to share Death by Meeting with you.
How many times have you groaned when you hear the phrase, “Let’s meet about that?” Admit it: you roll your eyes when certain people put a meeting on your calendar.
You’re going to love this book.
For the previous decade I have racked up airline miles on American. As an AAdvantage Platinum flyer, I was a very loyal customer. I knew American inside and out. I knew it wasn’t the cheapest airline but I also knew what I could count on.
American is dependable. In 12 years of exclusive travel on American Airlines, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I was delayed. American is premium. I could tell that it was built for business travelers. As a Platinum member (and frankly, even in the years I was only Gold), I knew I would be rewarded for my loyalty with upgrades and privileges. American lived its brand promise, “We know why you fly.” I felt like they really did, and I could identify with that promise and see how it impacted my own flying.
I’m in the middle of a stretch of five weeks where I am only home for one week out of the five I’m traveling.
Typically, I try to limit my travel to every other week, being gone one or two nights in those weeks. Unfortunately, this time around, I not only have travel every week, but I also have significantly longer travel than I usually plan.
In order to stay engaged and not be a totally absent husband and father, I have some techniques to remain close and really try to make up for lost time as much as I can.
How do you balance everything? I get that question a lot.
Interestingly enough, the question comes just as often from wives looking for hints to give their husbands as it does from friends.
Unfortunately, many of them don’t like my answer. I don’t balance everything. I strive for integration.
Here are a few tips for you wives and mothers out there with husbands who are passionate about their work. How do you get him home?
We’re coming up on a celebration of saints with a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation on November 1. It’s All Saints Day, which means that not only do we go to Mass, but we also are called to remember our family in heaven in a special way.
But do the saints really have anything to teach those of us in business?
In fact, they do. Here are three quotes I find inspiring as I go about my own work (whether at home or in the business world).
By your work you show what you love and what you know. - Saint Bruno
Whenever you begin any good work you should first of all make a most pressing appeal to Christ our Lord to bring it to perfection. - Saint Benedict
We are at Jesus’ disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim His work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that’s all right, everything is all right. We must say, “I belong to you. You can do whatever you like.” And this is our strength. This is the joy of the Lord. – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
What are your favorite quotes from the saints?