A Reflection

Published on October 30, 2009 by in Brainzenning, Brainzooming - All Posts, Career, Video


We never know how long important personal and business relationships will endure. That necessitates using every daily opportunity to help those around you grow and to learn from them as well. A post last year when a friend was leaving our company included questions to see if you’re really giving enough of yourself to important people in your life. The questions warrant repeating:
  • Can you see your positive influence on these people?
  • Have you helped prepare them to pass on to others the lessons you’ve shared?
  • Do these people know how much they mean to you?
  • If you had one extra day to spend with one of these important people, would you do the same things to help them you’d do any other day?
  • Are you ready to let them go so they can grow and develop even more?

If you answer yes to all of these, you’ve truly given of yourself in helping someone grow and develop.

Entering a new career phase, I want to thank all those people who should be answering “Yes” to these questions in light of what they’ve given to me. They know who they are, and if you look back through the first two years of posts on Brainzooming you will too!

And as suggested by Chris Reaburn, here’s a time lapse Brainzenning video of the denuding of the orange in my office.

What’s Next? I’ll be in Chicago Monday, leading a roundtable on Business Innovation Roadblocks at the Frost & Sullivan Marketing World 2009 Conference and having a Brainzooming tweetup / happy hour get together on Monday (11/2). – Mike Brown

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One Response to “A Reflection”

  1. Mike Brown says:


    Emma said…
    Excellent, Mike. (I may or may not have teared up a little.) Have a great time in Chicago!
    October 30, 2009 10:26 AM

    Joyce said…
    Wonderful questions to reflect on Mike. Looking forward to following you on your new career path.
    October 30, 2009 5:41 PM

    Keith Harmeyer, SmartStorming said…
    Really great post, Mike. Thanks for this. Value-based relationships are everything. And they rarely last forever. It’s such a strong, healthy way to view the importance of transition. More value for everyone involved. Bravo!
    Keith Harmeyer,
    SmartStorming: Advanced Training in Innovative Thinking

    October 31, 2009 10:03 AM
    Mike Brown said…
    I appreciate your well wishes and comments. Goodbyes are tough, yet you have to anticipate the positives that will come after them.

    I really do try to use these questions as a check to make sure I’m investing in those people who care and will help themselves the most from that investment. It’s such a blessing to have worked with so many great people, including all the buttheads listed in the video!
    November 7, 2009 7:37 AM