CHARACTER IN LEAD™ - John McLaughlin
Open up your hands, put them side by side facing up, now bring them close to your heart and gently push them out. Powerful isn’t it? That’s giving! The symbol itself is appealing and comforting at the same time, that’s what makes it powerful.
Meet John McLaughlin. He is our featured “Character in Lead”. He is both an entrepreneur, founding CreativelyWeb several years ago, and an intrapreneur, developing innovative initiatives within large organizations. We couldn’t have featured a better candidate than John to bring the character trait of compassion to life. While he is a creative “genius”, there’s a more innate and deeply rooted characteristic to him, and that is compassion.
One of John’s foundational desires is to help others succeed. He uses his creativity and compassion to assist others in achieving their success. We all have unique features and characteristics; John’s talents showcase his creative “genius” and his compassionate approach to solutions. Years ago, at a turning point in his career, an inspiration from a colleague reassured John that it was his time to confidently venture into a role which he began creating within his own life, his own path. That reassurance is where the story of CreativelyWeb begins. A story and a path of accomplishments, rewards and yes, giving.
CreativelyWeb is Boston-based, serving a wide range of clients. The company has an award-winning team who work professionally in their creative projects to be delivered to a variety of organizations. At the top of the deliverables and ahead of the project material and products, is the objective to help the clients achieve what makes them really unique, and empower through web messaging what the clients’ company character is really about and how they can make the world a better place. Here’s a quote from John to emphasize how he prioritized the leading goals with his clients.
“When you help people achieve what they have always wanted to do, that is such a personal accomplishment for them, that becomes so much more than any business – it becomes a friendship. As colleagues become lifelong friends, that, for me personally, has always been the most rewarding. It will always be.” John McLaughlin
For many years, as both an entrepreneur and intrapreneur developing innovative solutions within large organizations, John has helped people achieve their vision through graphic design, product development, websites, games, mobile apps, infographics, events, videos and more. The human component, the creativity aspect of developing the products is one of the most exciting parts of the business. John embraces the challenge of creating that fresh concept and design each and every time and work through the different versions and challenges to deliver only the most rewarding and compelling solutions for his clients.
While nurturing strong relationships, as an entrepreneur John and his team have worked to ensure that the clients themselves are confident to believe in their own creativity, and achieve their vision easily. Likewise, as an intrapreneur developing innovative initiatives within larger organizations, his focus is on helping everyone across the organization participate in the creative process.
John’s foundation for his compassion is his lease on life. To him it’s “carpe diem”; every day is a new day, a new chance to accomplish good by helping people succeed — being optimistic and bright, day in and day out. The means he uses to express his compassion is through his work by making visions come through in products and services. Additionally, he gets great satisfaction through his charitable work. He is happiest when he is helping and giving. He was awarded the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association “Thanks for Giving” by being part of the food pantry, refugee immigration ministry, animal shelter, and a wide range of other community causes. The outcomes of compassion are contagious: building connections that are deeply rooted. When you use compassion daily your human connections develop into more than just give and take. As John mentions in his quote above, they develop into long-lasting friendships.
As humans, how can we show more compassion? It may seem overwhelming at times, and how can we as individuals alone solve a large problem? John’s philosophy on this is our ability as humans to take a huge problem that seems insurmountable, breaking it down, and making a difference one step at a time. This same philosophy is used for project deliverables. We all could use more of John’s philosophy in any of our major encounters in life.
Now, once again, Open up your hands again, put them side by side facing up, bringing them close to your heart but this time visualize that you’re holding a heart in your palms, and gently push them out. You’ve just expressed with your hands what John McLaughlin’s actions are on a daily basis. He gives from his heart, full, with heart.
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