Business and Closing out the year…

If the holidays are not hectic enough with gift giving, holiday gatherings, relatives visiting and the like, maybe your like many people and work for a publicly traded company.  Well now, let’s just add to the end of year fun!  It can be absolutely crazy trying to close business right up until December 31st and yet, understandably, it is what is expected. After all, it’s all about shareholder value, right? I mean it is what it is.  I did however, read something just the other day that put it all in perspective. The piece was simply entitled, “Family” and it read as follows….

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days, but the family we left behind would feel the loss for the rest of their lives?

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into our work than into our family; an unwise investment indeed, don’t you think?

Unfortunately for me, I have lived through several tragedies of late that makes this piece all too meaningful. I have had friends who have lost love ones and most recently, my wife and I had our dog and constant companion, Murphy (half Lab, half Golden retriever), literally die in our arms during a severe bout of respiratory distress. Isn’t it incredible how life can change in an instant?

Friends, in the new year, be thankful for all you have and yes, invest wisely. Know your priorities and live by them.
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Harold “Bud” Boughton is a former senior executive who has worked for three FORTUNE 500 companies in his career and helped take a company public (NASDAQ) in the mid-1990’s. He now stays active as an assistant college football coach, certified sports official, author and professional speaker. His latest book, Coaching is Teaching at its Best! is a book that can improve the leadership/coaching model in both athletics and business and in doing so, improve player/employee engagement. You can learn more about Bud at his website:

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