What’s Your Legacy?

As some of you may have already read through other SGR publications, it’s been a rough week for the SGR team because Laurie Groover, our finance manager, passed away on Monday after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Although she’s not here physically, her attitude is something that can never be forgotten. Let me elaborate.

Laurie was seriously the nicest person I have ever met in my life. Not that kind of nice that can be turned on or off—she had a genuine gentle spirit about her. When you talked to her, you automatically changed your demeanor because she was a calming soul. Even going through chemo and losing her hair, she kept a positive attitude.

Seeing her optimistic spin on anything in the workplace, and in life, changed the way others viewed things. That’s the legacy she left.

If you were no longer working for your organization tomorrow, or if one of the employees on your team resigned, what’s the legacy you would leave behind? What would people have to say about you?

Taking too long to answer the question may mean that you have some things you need to work on.

“Live today the way you want to be remembered tomorrow.”
– Dillon Burroughs, Writer

It doesn’t have to be earth shattering.

I still remember the teacher who stayed until 8 p.m. helping me go over pre-calculus math problems, the boss who acted just like a coworker and took over people’s shifts, and the neighbor who would mow our lawn whenever he mowed his.

These things weren’t monumental, but they were still memorable.

So, with every person you encounter daily—coworkers, citizens, clients, etc.—what gesture are you making that is leaving a fingerprint in that person’s life? What will be remembered about you?

It’s one of the few things in life you can actually control.

Hope Boyd
Written by:
Hope Boyd
Director of Communications, Strategic Government Resources

2 responses

  1. Legacy gives huge leverage (hopefully in a positive way) to those who carry on the goals/objectives of the organization.

    1. Exactly, Enna. That’s why we have to be conscience about the legacy we’re leaving.

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