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Be Yourself

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
~ Oscar Wilde

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Yesterday, I spent a great portion of the day giving performance reviews. Depending on the person, it can be my favorite part of my job! Some of my staff race through life, some stroll. It's my job to know which ones do which well and pair them with the tasks we have that best meet their talents.

As I was wrapping up one man's review, he said to me, "Did you write all of this about me yourself?" I smiled and told him that I had. He shook his head and said, "Cathy, I never knew that you knew that I did all of these things. I don't make a production out of all those little things. You pegged me! You know me! I feel so honored that all that I do was recognized and I was given credit." Now, this is a young man who is truly enjoying who he is!

I walked away thinking that I need to hand out a few more "warm fuzzies" on a more routine basis so that my staff know that I know that they are doing all their little things. I also felt pretty good that I wrote so well about this man! And the next couple of women ... the woman who held her arms in the air like a champion and said, "That's ME!" in the middle of her review. And the young woman who concluded her review with, "It's truly my pleasure to work here. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to shine."

On the days I'm most stressed, I want to look back and remember yesterday. Those feel good moments when a few people reveled in themselves for being simply who they are and no one else. I want to remember THOSE moments for they were GOOD!

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    They are lucky to have a person like you for a boss. I also have a boss like you it's hard for me to accept the praise.
    1307 days ago
  • v CAROL-
    You are an excellent leader and your team is lucky to have you. -And so are we.
    1307 days ago
    How lucky your team is that you are the team leader!
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    1307 days ago
    My husband has also had a few supervisors who recognized his 'talents', and he still keeps up with those people. In fact, we go to Monday night Bible study at the home of his last 'great boss'.

    Great job Cathy! emoticon emoticon
    1307 days ago
  • v JULIERAE41
    That is awesome, Cathy! You are a rare find. My husband has only had two people over him in his life who tell him what he's doing well. Not enough management does it. You are a good boss.
    1307 days ago
  • v TRACIE-C
    1307 days ago
    There is nothing more rewarding professionally then to actually be recognized by your superiors. Having recognition is more rewarding than monetary rewards. In my company we have researched this often. It's nice to "show me the money" but it is much more gratifying to be recognized often for a job well done!

    Kudos to you, my friend! It sounds like you are an inspiration in all facets of life, not just on SparkPeople. This does not surprise me one bit!!
    1307 days ago
  • v G_TWINS
    I am sure they are glad for your wisdom and support. You care of others and it shines. emoticon
    1307 days ago
  • v PHOENIX1949
    1307 days ago
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