More than a decade ago, I was working hard to climb the corporate ladder. My responsibility at that time focused on the targeted overseas market, which was the reason our senior leadership visited us over there very often. Here is the story. There was one time that I had a chance to join our president for dinner to introduce myself, but I turned it down. What was the reason? It was because I promised my family to be on webcam and listen to them practice during a long multiple weeks’ overseas travel.
You can find in so many coaching books that building a personal relationship with influential people is critical for careers. So, was that a difficult decision to skip such a wonderful networking opportunity? Not really, because I have decided that family is the most important thing to me. Of course, I did participate in many social events and there is no doubt those helped my career. The key message is what would be the choice when things are in conflict?
This is not the first time I’ve published an article, but it is the first post of a series of blogs that I am going to do. Therefore, I think it is a very appropriate to start with something that guided my life, especially my professional life. It was a statement about the “circle of kindness”.