Last year I was working with the CEO of a pharmaceutical firm that specialized in allergy medicine. He'd just joined the company and was preparing for his first big town hall. As the new CEO, he recognized that people would want to know his plans. He prepared several slides about their position in the market, and their opportunities.
I can only imagine what it was like in many corporate offices post the tragedy of Charleston on the Thursday that followed such a devastating event. I can remember many times when I was in a corporate environment not wanting to go into work because of national events that happened revolving around race.
He practiced brutal self-reflection and took responsibility for his mistakes. He learned from his experience and grew beyond his pain. Now he is rapidly becoming a significant thought leader and expert in the area of change itself. Today, Dave is contributing to business and life at a level far bigger than that of being CEO of one company.