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What is Your Hidden Legacy?

Today over lunch a former client reminded me how he had negotiated a better pay package using an approach I taught him several years ago. Then he recounted how he recently negotiated a better business deal using the same principles.

After lunch, I caught up with another former client I'd not seen since last year. She had a rather more painful story to share regarding the recent breakdown of her marriage. What was remarkable in her case was how well she was coping with a very challenging set of circumstances that were not of her choosing. She shared that her own personal development during my work with her was enabling her to handle this crisis much more effectively than she would otherwise have done.

Not surprisingly, I returned home this evening feeling very pleased about the positive impact I've had in the lives of others. It went far beyond the work I had been paid to do.

At the same time, I don't doubt that I can sometimes have a negative impact on people.

For example, I can get impatient with my youngest son when helping him with his homework. I know he is bright but he sometimes doesn't focus his intelligence well which results in silly mistakes and wasted time. What I need to be wary of is undermining his confidence by the way I express my frustrations.

I have to make an effort and when I fall short, well, hopefully he will one day understand and forgive me, just as we need to understand and forgive our parents and teachers from the past!

The point for me is very simple: we usually don't realise how much impact (positive or negative) we can have on the lives of others, but we definitely do. This applies in our capacity as a leader, a parent, a work colleague or a friend.

So make sure that the impact you have is as positive as possible. And if it has been negative, acknowledge it and make amends in some way.

Finally, if someone has had a positive impact on your life, tell them! It will make their day as well as yours, and make it more likely that they'll do even more of it for you and others.

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