Almost every Friday I received an e-mail from a colleague of mine – his musings if you will – explaining his criticisms and dreams about the work we do. He didn’t work in my office. He didn’t work on my team or even in my portfolio. But he did work in my head.
His e-mails made me think about what we were doing, why we were doing it, and who was going to help us reach our goals. He shared his years of experience through his stories and his theoretical knowledge through the tough questions he asked. He would be quick to stop negative conversations and, instead, force people into a more positive headspace – acknowledging the challenges in front of us, but not letting that stop our momentum.
I questioned why I got these e-mails at first. We had never actually worked together when the first one came into my inbox. I was the new guy that was introduced at that last meeting. That was the point. The recipients of those e-mails hadn’t been tainted or become bitter. We still loved our jobs. He saw this as his opportunity. His opportunity to empower. To help others dream big and drive change. His opportunity to inspire.
Yesterday, we celebrated his time with us at UBC as he is taking on a new role with a different school and a new role with his family (as a grandfather), both calling him back down south. He may have been acknowledged for his accomplishments and the legacy he has left at UBC, but I will forever cherish the inspiration he provided to me through his e-mail musings.
If you want to drive change, empower your colleagues, and leave a lasting impression on people’s hearts – inspire someone to change their world.
Thank you for doing that for me. And as you always say, “time to tap the next keg.”
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