As Father’s Day quickly approached I asked myself what kind of blog post would properly honor the dads in our lives. For many of us, our father’s played a critical role in molding us into the humans we are today. This week I asked a few members of our executive staff to share a key lesson or two that they learned from their dads, or that they’ve learned after becoming fathers themselves. I was so moved by the many meaningful and inspiring life lessons our leadership has gathered from their dads. Without further ado, a few lessons from Xactlians:
You Get What You Expect:
“I loved playing soccer (or, ahem, football for my colleagues in EMEA); the recognition, traveling, winning, competing, and being part of a team that was chasing a common goal. My dad embraced my passion and at the time I didn't realize his coaching style. I'd spend evenings after school running and working drills knowing if I scored a goal during the next game, my dad would take me to McDonalds. He taught me that hard work pays off, and you don't get what you deserve in life, you get what you expect. If I worked harder, and visualized winning, I'd get a Big Mac. I still think about that lesson today and about how I get to pass that lesson along to my daughter.”- Sean Murray, Vice President, General Business Sales at Xactly Corporation
Dads are Always Teaching When Their Children are Watching:
“Live within your means and be very generous in an anonymous type of way.”- Bernie Kassar, SVP Customer Support and Success, Xactly Corporation
Letting Go is Powerful
“How does a father let go? From the moment a child is born the goal is that they will grow into healthy, happy, and honorable people that make good choices. This means their own choices, not dad's choices for them. Fathers must find the balance between the need to protect and the need to help their children become be self-reliant. So the big question is how much rope do you give them? Enough so they have freedom, but not so much that they hang themselves with it. For me, I lean towards being permissive, as long as my daughters show up and act intelligently and with integrity. Our children will and should make mistakes - no failure means no learning. When it comes to the Father and Daughter relationship (because that is all I know) keep the honesty and the openness first and the rest will take care of itself.”-Scott Broomfield, Chief Marketing Officer, Xactly Corporation These lessons alone show the multitude of ways that our Father’s affect our lives and help us become the people we are today. We might not think about it every day, but it’s clear from these responses (and my own reflection) that lessons learned in our upbringing carry into every interaction we have in the workplace. We’re lucky to have dads that encouraged integrity and positivity throughout our lives. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Father’s Day and celebrates their dad in a way that’s special and unique to them.