There are people who come into our lives and afterwards we are changed... different in some way, and always for the better. This is my attempt to acknowledge those who have impacted my life and my work in significant ways, for which I am eternally grateful.
Photo by Kurt O'Brien
You are the love of my life, best friend, and soul mate. You light up this world and I am a much better person for having you in my life. Your support and belief in me keeps me grounded, while also encouraging me to strive to achieve that which I do not always believe I am capable of.
Ken and Julie O'Brien
Dad, you have been a role model to me about the right way to do things, the right way to show up. Thank you for your guidance, encouragement and love.
Mom, you have shown me what it truly means to love, both others and oneself. You have always been there for me and I am so grateful for your presence.
Gene, even though you are now longer with us on this earth, your spirit still shines bright and I feel your presence continuously. Your patience and humility continue to guide me, and I will never forget you telling me, "For every surgeon I work with, I find one thing about them I can love." Words for all of us to live by.
Chuck (aka The Dude), you have been a mentor and a friend for so many years; so much of what I have learned over the past twenty years is attributed to your guidance, book recommendations, and chardonnay discussions. For all of this, I owe you a debt of gratitude.
Rick, you taught me everything I know about adaptive leadership, and then some. A toast (imagine we're at the Whiskey Library) to the work we did together, and to our friendship.
The Campbell Collective
Cheryl, Dirk, Søren: It was not by accident that we formed our group; I have learned much from the three of you and I look forward to our ongoing adventures!