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February 25, 2011
We recently had an opportunity to bring together our Account Executives from our Bellevue and Anchorage offices. We invited opens in a new windowTom Flick to give a motivational presentation on the importance of leadership, teamwork, and continuous improvement in business. You may remember Tom as the former quarterback of the Rose Bowl Champion Huskies and as an NFL quarterback for seven years. These days Tom uses his football experience to help companies like ours.
Many aspects of Tom’s message resonated with me, in particular, a challenge he gave us: “what is your personal legacy?” Certainly, we all look to be impactful at work and in our families, to be remembered positively for not just what we accomplished ourselves, but for how we helped others. Another critical aspect of legacy is the work we do improving our community.
This is both a corporate and an individual responsibility. As an organization that has had the privilege of operating for 74 years, PS&F feels a deep social responsibility to give back to the community that has done so much for us. Even during these challenging economic times, we have steadily increased our corporate giving, coming at a time in our country when it was needed most. We know this also serves to better connect our employees with their community and further enrich their experience at PS&F. We encourage our staff to be involved personally and we support their service with non-profit organizations.
Hopefully, what we are building as a company and as individuals is a legacy that speaks to how we improve the lives of others by sharing our good fortune – giving of our money, time and talents. There are lots and lots of good reasons to do that, including what it inevitably does for you as an individual.
As business people, we understand that community service provides the opportunity to connect with current and prospective clients. You get a chance to meet influential people you may not otherwise have an opportunity to interact with and create what is often called social capital. While this is a natural outgrowth of service, it isn’t, or should not be, your sole motivation for getting involved. There are many reasons – that will also benefit you – that are just as important.
Good luck to you in creating your personal legacy and know that regardless of what you give to make your community or this world better, you’ll get back far more.