Step 10

Build a Career, Leave a Legacy


• Visualize your legacy.

• Be what you seek.

• Leave things in better shape.

Management can feel like a thankless, stressful, and difficult profession. Most of us don’t do this kind of work for the money or the fame, and we often get neither. We manage because we want to make a big difference. We step up and into workplace dysfunction and muck because we know we can leave things looking, sounding, and feeling better than how we found it. That’s the vision that ties millions of us together. I love working with managers because they’re the engines of the organization. If the engine starts running 10 percent better, the effect is amazing. The particular shape of that impact is your legacy. When ...

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