I was on a panel yesterday morning, speaking on Vision, Mission & Values, when a woman in the audience asked a question:
As someone who wakes up at 4am on weekdays, 5am on weekends, and follows a flexible yet planned morning routine, I can attest to its power. It gets me focused on the day ahead, enables me to feel productive when the day ends, and keeps me centered throughout the week.
Not the romantic kind. That's only one type of love, and the one that has misguided society's view of whether love has a place in business. It does.
When I discovered the word, eudaimonia, it helped explain the competing forces I've always heard, witnessed, and felt in the world of business.
Last year, we introduced a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence for our Alumni companies, for which we've received some incredible comments. One piece of feedback was particularly meaningful to me, as the instructor. The participants noted how passionate I was, not only about the topics, but about what I was learning.
Like most companies, we work our hardest to delight our customers. In fact, our most important core value is to "create remarkable experiences through ingenuity, high standards, over-communication, and details." We know we've met that standard when our graduates become repeat customers (through our Alumni program) and/or share unsolicited, highly positive feedback on their experience.
One of the most important words I've learned in recent years is eudaimonia, a Greek word that is about human flourishing or prosperity. Eudaimonia refers to the highest human good, drives fulfillment and meaning, and involves the pursuit of personal flourishing.