I spent much of yesterday going through board decks and other year-end reports.
It was an incredibly gratifying experience after a hard year.
I spearheaded quite a few restructurings this year. A lot of people lost their jobs as a result of those efforts.
It was a year of hard decisions and hard conversations.
But as I sat in my office and read through the reports and decks, what came across loud and clear was that we had made a bunch of right decisions.
A lot of companies that were wandering in the wilderness are now headed in clear and exciting directions.
I continue to feel badly for the people who lost their jobs or quit their jobs in the wake of these restructurings. I realize that many of them had a hard year too and I am sorry for that.
But I feel great for the companies who have been revitalized and for the people who are working in them with a jump in their step and a feeling of optimism and purpose.
This time last year I had a bad feeling in my gut and was having trouble sleeping. I knew what I had to do and dreaded doing it.
Right now, I have a good feeling in my gut and am sleeping like a baby.
That is a nice return on hard decisions.