Nobody likes to be labeled. And nobody likes to be misunderstood. Given the context of our national dialogue recently, this may be a good time to talk about how to respond, instead of react, when we are misunderstood.
Breaking Bad, is a universally acclaimed award-winning drama built on chemistry, cancer, and crime. It’s also the story of the erosion of a man’s soul as he gains power. As the protagonist, Walter White (played masterfully by four-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston) is a mild mannered high school chemistry teacher who is struggling financially.
I have been fortunate to know many C-level leaders who have refused to trick, con, swindle, defraud, bamboozle, or dupe their employees and their customers. To them, a handshake meant something and their word was their bond. Aware that they have a responsibility to be a conscientious and competent steward within the company, they acknowledge their commitment to the public trust.
I would like to begin by asking you an important question: If you were doomed to live the same life over and over again for eternity, would you choose the life you are living now? The question is interesting enough, but I've always thought the point of asking it is really the unspoken, potentially devastating follow up question. That is, if the answer is no, then why are you living the life you are living now? Stop making excuses, and do something about it.