The peace in Bill Marriott’s eyes
I believe that before we can have peace among all of us, we need to find peace within each of us.
To this end, I was struck by a story told to me recently by Jim Hackett, CEO of Steelcase, one of Fortune‘s Most-Admired Companies. He recounted a conversation about the challenges of long-term brand building he had had with Bill Marriott, Chairman of Marriott International. At one point, Bill said to him, “we know who we are not.” Jim saw “the peace in Bill’s eyes” and decided then that he wanted that peace for himself.
That ‘peace in your eyes’ is powerful medicine for many ills. It helps cure greed, insecurity, stress, envy, and a variety of other contemporary ailments that get in the way of creating a more fulfilling life, a more successful business; indeed, a more serene world.
What brings you peace?