A Love Letter to Xponents
Eleven years ago today, I founded and incorporated Xponents!
I didn’t purposefully set out to start Xponents on Valentine’s Day. The truth is I realized that it was Valentine’s Day as a bit of an afterthought. It just happened to be my official last day of work, and in turn, the day I formally submitted the paperwork to incorporate in the State of Colorado.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to start a business about bringing values, vision, and purpose to work. A business dedicated to loving what you do.
Like so many other love affairs, we have had our ups and downs. I refer to my work as a love affair, because it is one of my most important relationships. We spend a lot time together, Xponents and I, often more time than I spend with my other key relationships! For the most part, that time is precious to me and deeply satisfying.
I love what my company represents. I love the people I work with.
I love my customers.
My relationship with the company is complex, and I imagine this is true for many entrepreneurs. When I decided to start Xponents, I designed it around what was most important to me. The name represents my love for solving problems and my belief that when we support others in self-actualizing we make a profound and exponential difference in the world.
The exponential equation: Unleashing the power of others.
The business is an integral part of who I am, what I stand for, and the work I am best suited to do. Down to the colors in the logo and the way the "X" in Xponents represents a person multiplied by a higher power, it is all deeply meaningful to me.
Sure there are times that my love gets demanding and wants more from me than I want to give. I have had to practice setting good boundaries, just like in all healthy relationships. There have also been times that I questioned if we still belonged together. Had the relationship run its course?
Through the good times and the bad, I never stopped loving this special entity called Xponents.
Happy Birthday Xponents!
P.S. Do you know what Xponents wants most for its birthday?
Deb Siverson is passionate about helping organizations drive results through connected and transparent conversations in the workplace. She is the author of the book, "The Cycle of Transformation: igniting organizational change through the leader coach." Deb's expertise includes organizational performance consulting, design and delivery of leadership development programs, customized team development, and individual and systems coaching. Deb holds a BS in Business from Regis University and an MS in Organizational Leadership from University of Colorado-Boulder. She serves on the board of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.View All Articles
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