These storytelling basics from a Pixar artist apply just as well to business--and life.
The CEO was scheduled to retire in a month, having announced his planned retirement five months earlier.
He was consumed by how he would be remembered. "When people reflect on my accomplishments, I truly think my legacy will be..." he started to say.
He continued on, but I had already tuned out. Anyone who references his own legacy without rolling his eyes or using air quotes is just a bit too full of himself. (Other people can talk about your legacy; you can't.)
But we all will at some point think about how we want to be remembered. We'll think about the impact we made. We'll think about the mark we left. Someday we'll hope the story of our life is great.
Hopefully, when that someday comes, it won't be too late.
JEFF HADEN learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business. @jeff_haden