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Lifestyle: Live life to the full …

21 Feb 2019

Life can be brutally short.

I have just returned from the funeral of a colleague who died suddenly at 55 and I am reaching for a message to take away.

He was larger than life, famous in the town of Dunedin for his governance roles, currently on the boards of 12 organisations, which included public sector, not for profit and commercial operations. That haul doesn’t include many other organisations he either chaired or led including chair of Otago Polytechnic for several years guiding it through a difficult time.

He was absolutely not a traditional chartered accountant although he was an ex-president of the institute. One of the stories told of him at his funeral involved him being presented to the public at a press conference by a cabinet minister as a new deputy commissioner of the Southern District Health Board. He didn’t have a tie on, and the minister wasn’t impressed. He was asked to find one. He replied to the minister that he had made a rule a long time ago that he would only wear a tie for ministers of the crown and funerals, but that recently he had relaxed one of the rules.

He had guts.

Graham lived life to the max. He travelled every year overseas, sometimes more than once, always taking his wife, Facebook page full of photo opportunities. He was a great family man spending quality time with his children and grandchildren.

He has been CEO of both Polson Higgs Wealth Management and of Polson Higgs Business Advisers.

He was ahead of his time.

Graham told me once that the thing he did as a chair of an organisation or as a board member was to make sure he had the right people in the right jobs and once he had that, he backed them.

One of the speakers recalled how he had a sixth sense for talent. He had a pretty good idea if anyone was faking.

I guess, live life to the full today, because we don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. That will have to do for now.

Keep asking great questions …


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