It was a few minutes after 7 AM when I received a phone call from a senior official at the University. There was a bright, cheery and enthusiastic voice that greeted me. She shared a kind and humbling recognition that a student’s parent had shared her about me. Despite an incredibly busy schedule for her, then and in the day ahead, it was important to her to call me personally and congratulate me and recognize my work and the value I brought to a student. What a beautiful and meaningful start to my day – a call from a great leader who cares about those whom she serves, a simple action that made my day.
Would that every great leader adopted a similar practice of taking time out during the day to recognize someone – for the value they bring to an organization, their contribution to a team or simply the enthusiasm and joy they bring to the people they touch. Mother Teresa captures the value and need for recognition saying: “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than bread.” William James wrote: “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
May your days begin with messages of recognition and thanks to those whom you serve. This simple act of giving has the joyous power and impact of making someone’s day and, even beyond, incredible. May we remember always the words of Susan Heathfield: “Recognition is not a scarce resource. You can’t use it up or run out of it.” Today, every day, make someone’s day… and may they make yours. Life is so very good.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!