While in the process of moving, my daughters and I recently came across a family time capsule we put together 12 years ago. After reading its contents and realizing the impact I had back then on who they are today, I couldn’t help but see many parallels between parenting and leadership.
As a result of my “ahas” while reading the contents of the time capsule, I began my monthly Senior Leadership meeting with my team with the following question:
If you could go forward five years, what will your team remember about you?
Everyone looked around the room, and we began a discussion around our responsibility as leaders and how our actions can grow or diminish the culture we all so love here at California Bank & Trust. We talked about how we all have grown individually and as a team, and how we consistently challenge one another to grow as leaders and inspire each other to bring our very best to the table for our people, our clients, and each other: “Iron Sharpens Iron.”
My leadership team is made up of leaders from different countries, backgrounds, and thought processes. We differ in the way we all process information and the way we show our appreciation for one another, and yet, our complete alignment around a common vision creates “The Magic” other teams dream about.
How we spend our time and money shows what’s truly important to us, so we spend quite a bit of time growing ourselves as leaders so we can in turn inspire our teams to do the same. More topics were discussed until one of us said, “Let’s put together our own time capsule.” I immediately started thinking ahead, imagining each of us in the future and wondering where each individual’s strength and passion would take them. I was in awe of their commitment to each other as they unanimously and effortlessly agreed to do this. All of a sudden, everyone looked at each other and the decision was made: A five-year time capsule it is.
What did we commit to? We committed to reunite in five years, regardless of where each of us is in life. We chose a special venue where we will reveal the contents of our team time capsule.
Here are the questions we came up with:
1. My favorite time with each of my teammates is…
2. My manager’s favorite time with me and each of my teammates is…
3. Things that are important to my organization, to my team, and to me are…
4. For fun, I like to…
5. For fun, each of my teammates likes to…
6. Something each of my teammates always says to me is…
7. Where will I be in five years?
8. Where will each of my teammates be in five years?
We decided five years was the perfect timeline. It would be a special moment for us to reflect on the difference we’ve made for each other, our associates, and our community. This is consistent with our motto: “Building Trust and Value in Relationships for Generations.”
As leaders, it’s our responsibility to impart knowledge and wisdom upon our people so they can go out and do the same for others in our organization and the communities we serve. I’m proud to lead a team of values-based leaders who genuinely care about each other, our associates, our clients, our community, and our company.
I’ll leave you with one question:
If you did a five-year time capsule with your present team (and/or family), what would they say about you that would make you proud of what you have accomplished?
Here’s to building Trust and adding Value in Relationships for Generations to come!
What Will They Say About You? @drbettyuribe