Health Before Wealth: Partnership and Collaboration in Your Personal and Professional Life
By Mark Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young
As a former college athlete who was constantly in motion, I found the concept of being overweight, at risk and unwell, difficult to accept. But the signs were all there: feedback from family, friends and physicians begging me to worry about my weight, to make my health a priority. But I really didn’t care to hear any of it. In December of 2013 and again one month later, two Avison Young partners and dear friends acting on the same impulse delivered the same speech – and the same book – to me. Both told me I didn’t look well, and both asked me to read “Younger Next Year” (Workman Publishing Company, 2017). It was hard to ignore this coincidence, but I managed to do just that anyway.
Then on March 18, 2014, a double dose of reality hit. During breakfast with our private-equity shareholders, I was told that I looked unhealthy. When I returned home that day, a package was waiting, which contained an autographed picture of me with legendary golfer Phil Mickelson from a recent outing. That picture unleashed a torrent of personal reflection and, finally, prompted an honest assessment of the shape that I was in. Phil isn’t a little man, but the guy next to him was obese and hardly recognizable.
To see how I presented a challenge to wellness for all my colleagues, which lowered health care costs and created a culture built on collaboration and a sense of family, click here.