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An Interview With Charlie Katz

Charlie Katz
Nov 5, 2020 · 12 min read

Some of the most beautiful things come out of life’s challenges. Embrace and have gratitude for life’s difficulties as they often reveal greater beauty, dimension, and purpose to our lives. I found my purpose through a devastating life shift. I am now forever grateful for the challenges I was put through. In the dark moments, I found unknown parts of me that I’ve used this to do very purposeful work.

  1. Create an environment based on facts vs. emotion as emotions typically escalate during difficult times.
  2. Recognize that this is a season of the business, and every business goes through ups/downs. Be visible.
  3. Top grading performance year after year is essential to management during difficult times. Talent needs change with the business landscape. Frankly, change is an essential ingredient to the life span of any business.
  1. If you are unhappy, change a variable. As humans we fear change. CHANGE IS ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN in this lifetime. Sometimes small tweaks have a profound impact, so stop complaining and change something if it isn’t working for you.
  2. Some of the most beautiful things come out of life’s challenges. Embrace and have gratitude for life’s difficulties as they often reveal greater beauty, dimension, and purpose to our lives. I found my purpose through a devastating life shift. I am now forever grateful for the challenges I was put through. In the dark moments, I found unknown parts of me that I’ve used this to do very purposeful work.
  3. 5% of your employees will be loyal, 5% will be toxic. The other 90% will follow the loudest voice. As business leaders, we must realize that loyalty is conditional, and that peer influence is real. It is important to keep the toxicity out of the business because it can spread like wildfire and be highly destructive to the company culture.
  4. Live a purposeful life. Purpose is found at the intersection of capabilities/skills and passion. I believe we are all here for a purpose. It is up to us to figure it out. We find it when we get incredibly still, and look honestly at our skill sets then align those with the very thing that we are passionate about. I tell people that your passion is the one thing you will get up at 4 a.m. to do without the assistance of an alarm clock. The intersection of those reveals purpose.

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