Okay, this is a soupy, sappy but very sincere valentine to every single one of my KHJ colleagues. Because I’m really in love…with each and every one of them.

There is an on-boarding ritual for individuals who choose to work at KHJ. It involves a one-on-one conversation with me that shall remain our inside secret, but suffice it to say that it’s very, very special. What emerges from the conversation are two words that we dub their ‘BE’ words…a unique and personal Brand Expression of sorts. Each word is significant, and both words play together in a magical way. It’s the interplay of words that is the constant reminder of both their gift, and their challenge, on this journey called life.

Come to our office and you’ll see BE words on people’s nameplates. And business cards. And coffee mugs. Because at KHJ, it’s not just about what we’re doing that has us be successful. It’s about who we are being as we come together in our mission to help people and organizations see and realize what’s possible, both for themselves and for the world around them.

Maybe I’ve just been at it for a long enough time… or maybe I’m getting mellow with age… or maybe I’ve just reached that place where success is only part of the equation of happiness. The real joy is in sharing what it takes to be successful with people who are genuinely committed to being all they can be…and then some, in service of our mission.

So to my KHJ colleagues, I want to thank each and every one of you for making KHJ such a special place. What more can I say but… Happy Valentine’s Day!


Curious as to what some of these “BE words” might look like in action? Take a look at our People Page to get to know us a little better and gain some insight into who we… be.