Wed 24 Nov 2010
Did you know that in Britain, this week is called National Thank You Week? Well it’s true and I had no idea. That’s why I love Nancy Lublin’s “Do Something” column in Fast Company. There’s always some tidbit that I learn. In November her column was titled “Two Little Words“. In it she reminds us how we so often forget to say thank you. As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US and the British have National Thank You week, I wonder how many times this week we will stop to say thank you or be thankful for all we have?
We are often so quick to see the shortcomings in others and to see our life as half empty that it really keeps us from seeing all the abundance we have around us whether it’s in the people we work with or in the life we have. As leaders we often forget how important those in the trenches are to our success. Without them, we couldn’t do what we do. Yet, how many times have you taken a few minutes to talk to them or ask them how they’re doing. Many times, we justify not doing it by saying that these folks report into our direct reports and that our direct reports are taking care of that? My response to that is: So? Even though that is the case, there’s no reason why, you as the head of your team, can’t do the same. Imagine what a treat that would be to those staff members?
Nancy Lublin talks about thanking the “little people” which she defines as the FedEx guy, the people that clean your offices, the mailroom people. It’s the people that are almost invisible to you on a day to day but whose absence you would feel given the things they do for you. Everyone we interact with contributes in some small way to our getting through our day everyday and yet we often don’t give them a second thought.
Well, let’s give them a second thought today. As we get ready to spend tomorrow with our friends & family, let’s not forget that Thanksgiving ISN’T just about turkey & football but in fact, it’s a day to spend quality time with our family. It’s a day not only to enjoy our friends & family but to be thankful we have them, warts and all. But that’s tomorrow. Today, make time to say thank you to your corporate family, especially those in the trenches and the invisible people who do so much & allow us to concentrate on what we do best.
Like Nancy says, it’s just 2 words but they carry such a powerful, positive punch when it’s heartfelt.
So from me to you, I want to thank you all and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving !