Changing Perspective

Today marks the end of the second week of my newest life adventure. After spending more than 25 years in organizations with co-workers, I find launching this solo endeavor to be to be exciting and scary at the same time.

I made the decision to leave my previous position in early November and from then on through to my departure at the end of December I was totally consumed by tying up as many loose ends as I could. This really didn’t leave any time to start the important process of planning for the future. Of course, I did think about things in broad terms but as they say, the devil is in the details. So for the past 2 weeks I have been doing a lot of thinking about what is important to me in life and work.

As I stated in my first post, a major reason for making this change was to try to establish a better work / life balance. Since my wife Jenny has been deeply involved in a major project / report over the past week, I have been doing more of the “life” than “work” stuff and it has been great. (See MattapoisettMellos for reports)

I have always found lots of satisfaction in work and enjoy it tremendously; however, with a 2 year old daughter and soon-to-be 4 year old son, perspective can suddenly change. And it should. I actually believe that this has helped me think through some of the important aspects of where my work is headed. It also has given me a better appreciation of what Jenny goes through on a more regular basis.

I have been working on the Sea-Fever website and, like most websites, it can certainly be characterized as a work in progress. (I invite everyone who reads this to go there, take a look around and then come back here and give me your thoughts.) While working it, I have spent a lot of time thinking about Core Values and I will write about this later. I believe that the attention to Core Values has been a direct outgrowth of recently spending more time with the kids.

So…after 2 weeks of spending much more “life” time, I am even more excited and confident about what is ahead.

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

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