“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” ― William Shakespeare
CultureSync and I have a lot of good friends–colleagues, clients, collaborators –we have collected over the years. After our recent “Our Unexpected Transformation” newsletter went out, I received more than a few emails asking me if the changes were positive and how the firm was doing. My friends were politely asking me “Are you OK?”
Let me be clear: YES!
Let me also be honest. My decades-long friendship with Dave Logan was a big reason I stepped away from my previous firm. So when Dave talked to us about his changing role at CultureSync, it was bittersweet…hold on, honesty check…I was pissed.
But, as his friend, I recognized it is what he wanted and needed, so I offered support and encouragement. At the same time, as Managing Director, I was doing the math on how much CultureSync revenue was tied to Dave and how much payroll we committed to our colleagues and their families.
A little nervousness plus a little outrage equals a ton of motivation. So, we gathered together in our office and asked each other a few simple, but critically important questions:
- What do we want CultureSync to become, regardless of the challenges we may face?
- What can we do, starting right now, to make that happen?
- How do each of us, as individuals, want to be part of inventing a new future for CultureSync?
- What Tribal Leadership Stage do we want to operate in starting now:
- Stage 1: Close CultureSync.
- Stage 2: Lament the loss of our founder and Top Gun, do our jobs, but don’t take any responsibility for what happens.
- Stage 3: Everyone looks out for themselves under the CS banner, become a team of independent consultants and coaches.
- Stage 4: Pull together, look at what our values demand us to do, and go get after it together.
- Stage 5: Decide what only we can do and go out and make a little history.
We must have answered the questions really well. Fast forward to today, and let me share with you why I know we are more than just okay:
- We now have more long-term clients than ever before.
- Our awareness of our combined strengths and development opportunities is much greater.
- Our range of services has grown in breadth and depth.
- We are working on more complex challenges requiring the combined skillsets of all our practitioners (and in some cases beyond), helping us evolve our approach and IP (and network).
- We are financially healthier than ever before.
- We have more freedom to take on passion projects and internal investments (e.g., rebranding, website refresh, books, articles, teaching etc.).
- We are having so much fun doing so much challenging, important work. Together.
Look, we miss Dave. We love that we get to partner with him on select clients. What I love even more is the new directions, new challenges and new demands not having Dave as much put onto us. We are rising to the occasion and heat-forging our new CultureSync along the way.
So, to all my friends who checked-in on me:
“Thank you. Yes, the changes are positive and exciting. I am doing more than fine. We are doing exceptionally well. Let’s grab a bite and/or a drink and we can catch up. Thank you for checking in on me. I appreciate it and you. See you soon.”