Legacy

5 steps to creating a legacy

Aryae Coppersmith role modeled how to create a legacy with dignity.

What is your legacy?

Top senior influential human resources executives in Silicon Valley gathered at Juniper Networks to honor Aryae Coppersmith, the beloved founder of HR Forums (hrforums.com ) which has been in existence for 15 years.  Aryae was moving on to new challenges.

As the HR leaders honored Aryae’s contribution to the growth of our profession, I couldn’t help but reflect on how he brought extremely busy senior HR leaders and their CEOs together for conversation and leave a lasting legacy. Maybe you have already figured out your legacy, maybe you haven’t.

Here are lessons learned from my friend Aryae to get you started with your legacy:

  • It was never about Aryae.  Aryae represented a cause – bringing HR leaders together informally to grow, share and support each other.  He was always the guiding force behind the movement but the spotlight was on the members, their guests and their contribution.
  • Build Community & Trust – the group fondly remembered dinners and breakfasts where top of mind issues of CHROs and key executives were discussed in confidence.  The CHRO role is a tough and lonely one to have and having an intimate group of peers who they could trust was just what they needed.
  • Ask “How I can Help?”  As networks were re-ignited and new ones built, people were sincerely interested in the other person’s life.  Aryae was always interested in others, he sincerely listened, and remembered well.  He kept in touch, even after people have moved on.
  • Emotional connection – As colleagues said goodbye to each other, I know they will never really say good-bye to Aryae.  There was a deep emotional connection in the air, a sign of a lasting legacy.
  • The bigger purpose will bind us together.  Aryae shared his inspiration for his next chapter.  Based on research, he said that in 10 years or so, there will still be poverty, homelessness and lack of education in the world for about 3B people.  He doesn’t want that to happen.  He is doing something today so our future will be so much better.  He created One World Lights, oneworldlights.com, an organization connecting people from all over the world who are doing what they can in their communities to make this world better and learn from each other. More blessings and fun on your New Act Aryae!

Whatever your life situation is,  it is not too late to think about your lasting legacy.  What would yours be about?  Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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Building Your Legacy Part 2

women golfAs  an HR professional, I found that much of my enjoyment and success on the job is a function of who I worked with.  In the mid 90s when the role HR Business Partner was not as fully understood or developed, I was privileged to have a business leader who was willing to partner with me and discover the impact that this role can have.

Jon Wiese was the SVP for Americas Sales and Services at Lucent Technologies.  He was considered a high potential, very smart, super direct and willing to listen.  The weekend after he took on the role,  he announced his first VP promotion, a male high potential.  The women in the group were puzzled and wondered why they were not even interviewed.  I raised this to Jon, while in the back of my mind, a bit worried that this was the end of my early career as an HR Business Partner.  Jon called me back to his office the next day and asked me how we can fix this.  He sponsored Virtual Golf – a women’s network that promoted and mentored women in Sales.  By the time Jon left the group, almost half of the executives were women.  Jon also introduced me to Coaching.  He believed in the value of having an executive coach and provided me with one.  This opened my eyes to the world of executive coaching and I knew that someday, I would be one myself.

With sadness, I heard this week that at 56, Jon went home to be with our Lord after a long courageous battle with cancer.  I enjoyed working with Jon, he was a wonderful mentor who raised the profile of women in the company.  More importantly, he taught me to be a coach and have the courage to speak up, a critical skill for an HR Business Partner and Executive Coach.

5 Ways to Create Your Lasting Legacy

applause peopleA few days ago, top senior influential human resources executives in Silicon Valley gathered at Juniper Networks to honor Aryae Coppersmith, the beloved founder of HR Forums (hrforums.com ) which has been in existence for 15 years.  It was time for Aryae to move to on to his next big passion, but more about that later.  As the HR leaders honored Aryae’s contribution to the growth of our profession, I couldn’t help but reflect on how he brought extremely busy senior HR leaders and their CEOs together for conversation and leave a lasting legacy.

Maybe you have already figured out your legacy, maybe you haven’t even thought of it.  Here are 5 ways to get you started with lessons learned from my friend Aryae.

1. It was never about Aryae.  Aryae represented a cause – bringing HR leaders together informally to grow, share and support each other.  He was always the guiding force behind the movement but the spotlight was on the members, their guests and their contribution.

2. Build Community & Trust – the group fondly remembered dinners and breakfasts where top of mind issues of CHROs and key executives were discussed in confidence.  The CHRO role is a tough and lonely one to have and having an intimate group of peers who they could trust was just what they needed.

3. Ask “How I can Help?”  As networks were re-ignited and new ones built, people were sincerely interested in the other person’s life.  Aryae was always interested in others, he sincerely listened, and remembered well.  He kept in touch, even after people have moved on.

4. Emotional connection – As colleagues said goodbye to each other, I know they will never really say good-bye to Aryae.  There was a deep emotional connection in the air, a sign of a lasting legacy.

5. The bigger purpose will bind us together.  Aryae shared his inspiration for his next chapter.  Based on research, he said that in 10 years or so, there will still be poverty, homelessness and lack of education in the world for about 3B people.  He doesn’t want that to happen.  He is doing something today so our future will be so much better.  He created One World Lights, oneworldlights.com, an organization connecting people from all over the world who are doing what they can in their communities to make this world better and learn from each other.

More blessings and fun on your New Act Aryae!

Whatever your life situation is,  it is not too late to think about your lasting legacy.  What would yours be about?  Please feel free to share your thoughts.

Liza

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