Haynes attributes his success to two guiding principles: hard work and perseverance. Remembering his father’s rules for continuing to work with high-integrity individuals and businesses, he has a framework for doing so today.
Doug Haynes father instilled in me the following two principles: 1) Always do your best work; and 2) Work with people or organizations with integrity. To the extent I have been effective, I would cite these two principles.”
“The first principle reminds me that excellence in one’s work is a reward in and of itself. When you think about the future, it is easy to get ahead of yourself. This is even more enticing because of the multitasking culture. Focusing on the task at hand is more than just good practice; it’s almost a form of meditation.
Since success can only be achieved by adhering to this principle, it is the most important.” The majority of your waking hours are taken up with work. Doing so with those who do the right things for the right reasons, Haynes stresses, is a recipe for success.
Putting a High Priority on Personal Relationships
Haynes readily admits that technological advancements have made it possible to work remotely without a hitch. He, on the other hand, relishes the opportunity to interact with coworkers in person.
“Working from home is possible thanks to advancements in technology and a shift in workplace culture, but my preferences are more ‘old school.'” In person meetings, working over meals, and cultivating personal connections are some of my favorite pastimes, says Haynes.
Haynes speculates on how the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will affect future workplace dynamics as its effects on the workplace continue to fade. A new emphasis on human interaction and quality one-on-one communication is what he hopes will happen in the business world.
In Doug Haynes words, “I hope that face-to-face crowds will be handled as special times when we put our devices away and really engage with one another.” If a company truly cares about its employees, I hope that talent development, mentorships, and personal connections will be a distinguishing factor. Hope this pandemic will bring an end to the cubicle scourge!”
A number of non-profit organizations rely on Haynes’ financial support. By using his talents to help others, he is both inspired and challenged.
“Once I left McKinsey, another ‘door’ opened for me: getting involved in non-profit organizations. According to him, it’s a blessing to use some of the skills I’ve picked up while working full time to help others.