What matters most…

I got an email today… One of many.  One of hundreds.  This one, though, was one of an increasingly common thread.

An increasingly common thread.

Submitted bellow for your review and reflection.  Names have been deleted to protect their identities. Context: Trying to get professional introductions among two c-level executives in Pharma/BioTech (industry is irrelevant – we see the same thing across all industries). The conversation was forwarded to me from one of the participants in… despair?

This is far from “ok.” We, all of us, are responsible from shifting this transactional, “what have you done for me lately” existence into something more meaningful, more human. We must pause, reflect, and make space to engage again. As hard as it is, it is critical to our wealth as people, critical to the legacy we leave behind, essential to what we teach those that are steps behind.

I’ve heard all the excuses, all the truisms: Too busy, fighting everyday for survival, no time, no space… That may appear real, but are not. That is an empty reality, a soulless void, not a place for you. It’s an illusion.

Stop. Think. Act. And be human, first and foremost.

Read from bottom up, as usual…
From: ABC
Date: Sep 9, 2014 1:56 PM

Interesting that you mention that. It seems to me that since the financial crisis of 2008, the world is topsy turvy. There don’t seem to be any boundaries anymore and certainly not much professionalism or integrity. It’s sad to me that it seems like people are just grabbing for whatever they can get and they don’t care who it hurts in the process. Glad I’m at the end of my career. Not sure I want to continue on much longer in this type of circumstance.

From: XYZ
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2014 10:44 AM


Thank you. I understand the difficulties. I cannot even get folks to call me back when I’m willing to donate my time to their organizations.



*** On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM, ABC wrote:

Well XYZ, I don’t know what to tell you.

I have not heard back from any of the folks I e-mailed, and have to admit that sadly, this is becoming more the case. I think they are just getting overwhelmed with people asking them similar questions, but I don’t know that as a fact. Anyway, I will send out another e-mail “in case they didn’t get my last one” and see if that prompts anyone. Thanks for your patience.

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