My Story: Momento Mori
Updated: Jun 18, 2020
I built the first 20 years of my career being tapped on the shoulder for greater opportunities. I moved as an ex-pat from New Zealand to Singapore. I took on regional and global roles with Nokia, IBM and Check Point Technologies. At one point, I was managing a team of 110 people. I was a member of the PPS Club, jetting around the world in Business Class, and earning a great salary.
Superficially, my life was fantastic. Yet, deep down inside, I was not happy. And I was embarrassed for thinking like that. “My life is perfect. What right do I have to complain? I should be grateful.”
So I kept it to myself, and continued my supposedly awesome life. I invested all my energy into climbing the corporate ladder, pretending that I was happier, more successful and more in control than I felt.
And it nearly killed me. I would arrive home from my business travels completely exhausted. I was starting to be a stranger in my own home. Daddy collapsed on the floor, letting the kids hop on pop, did not count as quality time.
Something changed in 2013. There was restructuring, and I was asked to report to a new boss whom I didn’t align with. I couldn’t bring myself to play the impostor game anymore.
The tank was empty.
This was a moment of truth. Questions had been brewing in my head for a long time. I had been putting it off, thinking “I’ve got time”. At age 39, I finally called bullsh*t on myself.
This gave me the courage to face my real problem. “How do I get back to doing work that energises me? How do I change?”
There was a series of events, and I ended up co-founding PERSONNA with my wife. We’re on a mission to help organisations create fast business impact by facilitating fast change from the inside out.
I have always been tapped on the shoulder for opportunities. Change always happened to me. This time, I found clarity and chose to change. I overcame the resistance. The fear of running out of time overpowered the fear of leaving the comfort of the status quo.
If you like reading more about leadership and change, join our newsletter, stay inspired here.
PERSONNA is a leadership development company focused on the people side of transformation. We hold a simple belief that everyone is an extraordinary and powerful force for positive change. When you make work personal, naturally you become a better leader.
We’re here to help people become better leaders, build highly-effective teams, and create a culture of trust & collaboration in their organisations. We provide leadership branding, leadership coaching and group experiences. If you are curious to learn more drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.