Why take the time and effort to put together this blog anyway? We’ll for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, my hope is that this site allows visitors to come to know who I am. Why is that so important? Because knowing who it is you are partnering with in today’s environment is more important than ever. Character matters. Technology has collapsed the distance between people. Communication between individuals has become much more easy. Today we have the opportunity to come to know each other much more intimately than we ever have in our history. And for this reason it’s important that we understand who we are connecting with.
My intention is to communicate how I define work, my interest and passion for the things that I am doing in business and with my company, WestRock. And how this meshes with my personal life. WestonatWork thus serves as an outlet for my WestRock and for me. In the process I hope that current partners and the people I interact with in a consist basis, and future partners come to know something about me, and that this understand might lead to greater opportunities and more productive relationships. As with any relationship, this takes times. And deep understanding comes open and honest communication. And genuine partnership results from people working together to achieve common outcomes.
As I write this in early 2018 we see that people are fed up and are speaking out more than ever about abusive behavior or character that simply will not be tolerated any longer. This change is taking place in all areas of society but I believe it’s impact is being felt most poignantly in business. That’s why being able to clearly communicate values, principles and character is critically important to my current and potential business and investment partners. #MeToo is a worldwide phenomenon. And in some way is applicable to everyone, no matter who you are, where you are or where you’ve come from.
In addition, there are more opportunities than ever. I believe there are more opportunities to connect, build and grow than ever before. My hope is that by communication who I am as an individual, what I’m doing, how I understand the art of business, as well as my goals, value and principles, I might create new opportunities for myself as well as my current and future partners. Good things occur when people can develop productive partnerships rooted in similar values and goals, and are committed to contribution. This site seeks to accelerate that endeavor.
We all have something to say, and something to contribute. And we all have room to grow and something to learn. We can all relate to one another in some way, no matter who you are. And in doing so we all come away having gained something.
Lastly, in speaking up I intend to draw people in, and thereby make a small contribution in creating a community around topics, issues, values and principles for which there is genuine interest and deep passion. I hope visitors will find something worthwhile.