It is Labor Day, a holiday for us here in the US. Did you pause and celebrate the fruits of your labors? Did you think about your accomplishments to date? Some of us (ahem, me!) are not very good at that. However, I am good at pausing to celebrate the success of my colleagues, clients, and friends. Join me in a standing-o for Jen, Khalid and Sharon – and add your reasons to celebrate as well!
I’m going to try to set aside my wicked Maximizer strength so that I can get this blog written quickly whilst doing justice to the awesomeness of the accomplishments contained herein. Can I write this in 30 minutes? The clock is ticking!
First of all, Sharon from Missouri – congratulations on beginning your new job TOMORROW (click here to read the blog on her courageous choice to build a new life). It’s your first day in your new role – good luck – we’ll be sending you tons of positive energy!
Second, let’s wish Khalid a fabulous expedition and leadership experience as he participates in a corporate service corps experience in Columbia. He leaves very shortly. We don’t know what is in store for him. What we do know is that he will return with new horizons and lessons learned, which we hope he will share with us in a future guest blog post. I know what a great ambassador he will be – the team is lucky to have him. Here’s a link to his blog that describes his adventure: http://khalidraza9.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/corporate-service-corps-my-journey-begins/ (blasted wordpress wouldn’t let me insert the link…)
Third, let’s congratulate my friend and client, Jen. Jen doesn’t race into the spotlight, so I’ll keep this short and sweet and state how proud I am of her for leaving a company where she had been employed for over 10 years, and joining a new firm that values her for her rock star value proposition (and she took the time and energy to craft a value prop, by the way, so it wasn’t a coincidence.) Jen also worked really hard on understanding and communicating her strengths in the interviewing process, and was able to connect her natural talents with measurable outcomes. She’s starting week 3 in the new role. Way to go, girlfriend.
Finally, there are a few other amazing people in my life who continue to pursue their dreams by remaining open to the journey. Each are involved in new beginnings, new courses, new projects (Hint: Vicki, Cheryl, and Hazel.) I am so grateful that you’re in my life, and are willing to share feedback & ideas. Good luck, and have fun (like the kids in the photo – oh, that we could keep that joy in our hearts and minds forever!)
Vicki, you taught me how to “pause and celebrate” – you used those words with me a few years back when I survived some sort of a disastrous work situation. It was a real eye-opener for me because it felt pretty darn good to have you stop by for a virtual high-five.
Call To Action: I need to be reminded that taking time to pause and celebrate even small victories is healthy for everyone involved – me included. Encouragement is effective and it is easy on the budget, too!
I pause and celebrate for you and with you – and I appreciate your role in helping me become a better leader and success architect.
Onward! (29 minutes, 44 seconds…)
Maureen: Ideation~Strategic ~Learner~Achiever~Individualization~Maximizer