(I thought it appropriate to return to blogging with a post on my vision for professional self – originally posted in my Leadership class at the Presidio School of Management)
For my professional vision, picture a snapshot during a game of Ultimate. Two players are fully horizontal, diving, striving for the disc. The grass beneath them is lush and bright green. The sun is beaming down from a clear blue sky, and there’s just enough breeze to ruffle the shirts of the excited fans and teammates on the sideline.
This is a moment in the perfect game I dream of creating for the world. Ultimate requires great collaboration, excellent teamwork, but also highlights individual brilliance. Competition is intense, but “Spirit of the Game” is so core that teams often strive to win the “Best Spirit” award as much as the game itself. Even at the highest levels, the sport is self-refereed with players policing themselves and external observers only brought in if the players can’t resolve their conflicts with each other.
As outdoor athletes, Ultimate players need to be constantly in tune with nature – acknowledge and incorporate the wind, the sun, and the conditions of the earth. And we can’t trash the playing field without destroying our ability, or losing permission, to play on it again.
My role in this picture is to design the rules and set up the field where the world economy operates like this perfect game. By understanding the “physics” and relationships involved in sustainable business, I can help create a game where the score is kept on the integrated bottom line and winning is a victory for the global society.
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