My team recently asked me to write an entry for our “Day in the Life” series. That has worked well for many of my colleagues but for me it would produce a very short entry. There is no normal day for me. It is probably more useful to describe what I am trying to accomplish over a period of time such as months.
Clearly my professional responsibilities include dealing with whatever comes up for the company and for the brand. Our company Executive Committee meets as regularly as our travel schedules allow. I try to meet with my direct reports as regularly as I can as well as with a number of other colleagues.
There are seemingly endless topics that bubble up from day to day and week to week. As much as we strive for our people to feel empowered to make decisions, the phenomenal complexity of this business inevitably requires that many issues require my attention. Sometimes we must deal with the very immediate here and now. Sometimes we are debating and planning far into the future.
Over the course of a year I will travel abroad and in the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons. Mostly it is for company business but sometimes it is for industry associations and/or interests. I also do a few speeches each year. I have to say no to many interesting opportunities. There is no way to fit it all in.
My other interests are also very much in the mix from family to community service to athletics. 2011 was a very interesting year in many of these respects. Our family is once again in the middle of the effort to achieve legislation in Florida to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of concussions. We will carry on this battle until we are successful, whether in 2012 or thereafter. I really enjoyed my experiences running in national level track meets this past year. I really didn’t know what I was doing and I’m still making up for missing 25 years of running. But with the assistance of my personal trainer turned Coach Armando Cruz, I look forward to more significant progress. I have increased my training intensity considerably and so far my body is holding up. I have ambitious running goals for 2012.
It would not be possible to lead such a multivariable existence without stellar support all the way around. I am extremely fortunate to have an understanding wife and great children. I also have been the beneficiary of my outstanding executive assistant Marta Barrios’ support for nearly 20 years. I have a lot to be thankful for including the attention of the readers of this blog. Thank you and best wishes for 2012.