1: Getting better at getting better is what RiseWithDrew is all about.

Monday through Thursday, we explore ideas from authors, thought leaders, and exemplary organizations. On Friday, I share something about myself or what we are working on at PCI.

This week we’ve been looking at Marshall Goldsmith’s wonderful book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.  

One of the essential steps in Marshall’s process is being intentional about thanking the people who are making a difference in our lives. Marshall describes himself as a “connoisseur of gratitude.” He makes it a point to thank people. “The last thing I say on most phone calls is not ‘good bye’ but ‘thank you’ and I really mean it.”

2: Today, we are going to think about the most influential people and relationships in our lives.  

The exercise is called “Life’s Board of Director’s.” I first heard about it while attending a workshop led by Larry Sternberg at Talent Plus.  

We begin by thinking about the people who helped us become who we are today. The people who made a significant, positive, and lasting difference in our lives. We take a few moments and make a list of their names. Our list may be fairly long. That’s a good thing!

There are likely some people on our list whom we haven’t thought about in some time. Some may have passed away.

3: The next step is to take a piece of paper and make a circle in the middle of the page.  

On the outside of the circle, jot down their names.

This is our “Life’s Board of Directors.”

Next Friday, we’ll explore what to do now that we have our list of the most influential people in our lives.


Reflection: Who are the people who have made a significant, positive, and lasting difference in my life?

Action: Create my “Life’s Board of Directors.”

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