How many people understand what it is like in the board room when “push comes to shove”? Who has experienced the challenge to keep it all together while responding to the needs of shareholders, boards, executive peers, middle managers, employees, customers, suppliers and banks at the same time? I am glad I had the chance to experience the glorified existence of an executive first-hand. Busy, but often lonely, strong but often doubting. I feel that human qualities turn us into better managers. I think that listening is more valuable than talking. Finding better answers in others is more rewarding than responding to the urge to know better.