One of LRN’s most powerful metaphors is ‘journey.’ We agree that life is a journey because our experiences are not linear, they are up and down. So it is with our careers. Every time we learn something profound in our personal and professional relationships, it is usually the result of an up and down journey. We think we understand ourselves, our jobs, our companies, then something happens that forces us to think again. Through it all our behavior, our values and our commitment to a mission keep us grounded. If we are open-minded and keep our ethical compass pointed in the right direction, we emerge out of this dark valley of confusion into a new consciousness of understanding. Recently, I went through my own personal journey at LRN, a crossroads of sorts, which taught me many things about myself, my colleagues, and our CEO. It validated the premise that people are imperfect and that at times we each seem more virtuous from our own vantage point than from anybody else’s. As Kant put it: “Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made”.
I joined LRN 13 years ago. Like many before and after me, I was inspired to work for a company whose mission it is to help people around the world do the right thing and to help companies understand that trust, values and ethical behavior need to be at the heart of a sustainable business. I vividly remember many moments of my personal journey at LRN – some stand out more than others and many were a direct result of real-time mentoring and candid feedback from our CEO, Dov Seidman. They were little moments at the time, but in the end they profoundly shaped my perspective on how business should be conducted and how people should treat each other.