This column is being written under deadline pressure. If I want to maintain my friendship with the editor and publisher of Your Workplace, it must be done before I leave for a month of international travel. As Stephen Covey, the author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People would say, it’s time to make a deposit in the old emotional bank account. In short, writing this column is really important “unfinished business” in our longstanding relationship.
To be honest, the deadline pressure this time round is mostly driven by an important item of unfinished business in my personal life. There is a flight to catch in a few hours. I’m off to Cyprus for a month with the lady who has been my beloved live-in therapist for more than four decades. In 1969, she was left alone in Quebec City with a newborn son and a two-year-old daughter, while I served for six months as an infantry officer with the United Nations on that troubled island. It was good humanitarian work, but the days were long.