I want people to say that I did something to allow them to be their best selves.

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Marie Dzanis

Head of intermediary and wealth distribution, Northern Trust Asset Management

When Marie Dzanis was in her early 30s, buying a Versace suit prompted her to write her eulogy. "I thought it would mean I reached the pinnacle of success," Ms. Dzanis said. "But I wore it and people said it looked nice, and I thought, ‘Is that it?'"

Looking back on her life and reflecting on her priorities, she had a realization.

"I'm a big legacy person. When I'm gone, I want people to say that I did something to allow them to be their best selves," Ms. Dzanis said.

"I believe life success is an optimal blend where personal values are compatible with professional values and professional life," she said. "In other words, there's not a ‘work Marie' and a ‘home Marie.'"

She suggested some ways to apply this to the workplace:

• Encourage creativity and playfulness.

• Don't focus just on execution, but also on engagement with others.

• Be accountable by accepting an assignment and being comfortable with calculated business risks.

• Do something outside of work life that brings joy and builds a large network.

— Deborah Nason


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