“The reason I think legacy is very important is because none of us lives forever,” says Saurabh Srivastava, former chairman of CA Technologies. “But the fact is we can make our thoughts, things that we think we’ve learned, things that we think may be of value to somebody else, we can make those live forever. If we can create a legacy.
‘I think we all must at some point in time think about what are we going to leave behind. Whether it is for our own children, our own family, our own community, our own nation or the world. It all depends. But at some point in time you got to think about legacy.’
Adam House hasn’t waited until his 50s or 60s before embarking on his legacy. He’s just thirty six and he’s a serial entrepreneur. He’s built and sold four businesses and he’s currently working on his fifth, Qualmetrix, in the healthcare sector. So I asked him what advice he has for any CEO embarking on building their legacy.
Who should be interested in leaving a legacy? ‘People that have achieved something in their life,’ says Bill Joll, ‘and who want to achieve something greater in their life.’
There are usually five stages you go through before you become a legacy builder. Which stage are you at?
One of the most influential books of recent years is Forces for Good – the six practices of high impact non-profits, by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant.
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