I jotted a couple of thoughts during the speech:
- Help more; judge less
- Values aren’t what we say but what we do
Another coaching tip Marshall offered: Imagine that you are 95 years old and about to take your last breath. If you had a chance to go back in time to this very moment and offer one piece of advice to yourself, what would it be?
After leaving the event, I had a couple hour road trip. Plenty of time to reflect. One thing I thought about was thanking all those people and companies who have provided opportunities to me. Here is a short list:
- Rose-Hulman – Is there a better engineering school?
- Cook Medical – I had so many opportunities and responsibilty as an engineer fresh out of school. My experience at Cook established my professional foundation.
- Theron, Inc. – I learned the good and bad of running a business. I’m forever grateful.
- SonarMed – A medical device start-up willing to give me my first gig as Creo Quality.
- Anson Group – Always there when I need them. I hope I help build their brand and integrity just a little bit.
- FlowCo – Another med device start-up willing to trust my experience.
- Suros (now Hologic) – Former colleagues from Cook willing to have Creo Quality help them multiple times.
- Priio – Allowed Creo Quality to help refine their business using strategy.
- Medical Polymers – Had faith in Creo Quality’s ability to help them improve efficiency.
- Tomato Fish Marketing – Willing to bend over backwards to help Creo Quality grow. Great marketing partner!
- INpact – I’m humbled by what this group has become. The credit belongs to the members.
- My wife – There is no bigger chearleader for me and Creo Quality!
- My kids – Have accepted that sometimes daddy works on the weekend. I plan to limit this and give them my full attention from now on. We all need this.
- Boundless Design – Helps ensure the Creo Quality brand is as strong as possible. Plus, she is my sister and endured a great deal from me growing up. Sorry!
- My parents – Thank you for establishing ethics, morals, and principles. I hope I can do half as good with my kids.