In the most recent episode of ProCO360 (“Harmony as a CEO, Author & Speaker”), my conversation is with Kerry Siggins, CEO of Durango-based StoneAge. Kerry is a CEO – AND a Speaker, AND the author of a new book called The Ownership Mindset (AND a mom). I’ve often felt challenged by the demands of being both a senior executive at the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, AND a podcaster. Both Kerry and I have found ways to have our passionate avocations dovetail with our primary vocations. We’ve done that by structuring our avocations to support the performance of our primary professional roles. As Kerry puts it, she’s showing that “there’s a different way to lead a company.”
A friend, author and speaker John Garrett, wrote What’s Your “And”? Unlock the Person Within the Professional. His thoughtful and encouraging premise is that bringing one’s whole self (including hobbies, interests, background) to the workplace enriches the company for all. I agree, and what I’m discussing above is different. I’m fascinated by having two or more professional lives that are interwoven such that synergy is created – both professional “lives” perform better.
Based on the now 150 episodes of ProCO360, and the hundreds of conversations I’ve had with Colorado CEOs, I conclude that Colorado’s work culture, probably more than other locations, enables those of us with multiple professional roles to mesh them together and be transparent about that with our companies and colleagues.