006: How Work Sparks Your Legacy | Pamela Slim | ‘Body of Work’

By Maya Mathias | Businessmen

Hacks are out.  Craftsmanship & legacy are in.

With life whizzing by us as it does, it’s so tempting to find a shortcut wherever we can, right?  I know I have (and sometimes still do).  And yet, when you start to think about leaving a legacy you can be proud of, speed isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind.

Just like the craftsmen of the feudal Japanese or the Europeans in the Middle Ages, there is something beautiful to behold in the exquisite care and sophistication that infuses a thoughtful and soulful piece of work.

And whether you’re conscious of it or not…the arc of your life, career and leadership will ultimately tell the story of your legacy.  A legacy is not built or determined in a day – it is a constant, curious exploration and refinement of our thoughts, self-expression and contribution to what we hold dear.

This is the intention behind this episode of the Executive Book Club podcast, and the lens through which I encourage you to listen.  I share a simple and practical framework from Pamela Slim’s book ‘Body of Work’, and tell the story of what sparked a deeper journey of significance and contribution for one multi-skilled professional.


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About the Author

Maya Mathias helps her clients lead with the strategic mind of a scientist, the resilient heart of a warrior and the inventive soul of an artist. Read more about Maya here.