Over the past couple of weeks, I have realized that I work with a lot smart and talented people. I look back and my career and I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best and brightest minds in their respective industries. I have and have had some fantastic bosses and peers that not only push me and bring out the best in me, they are also great people and friends.
Maybe it’s the upcoming Labor Day holiday that has me waxing nostalgic about those I’ve worked with. Or maybe I have realized that I don’t spend enough time looking for the best in others. Maybe I just struggle to acknowledge and honor the best in me and project that on others.
As HR and recruiting professionals, we spend a lot of time looking for the faults in people. We observe all the things they don’t have to qualify for our jobs. We focus on their weaknesses and areas of opportunity instead of taking time to recognize all the good they do and what they are capable of accomplishing.
So before you head out on this Labor Day holiday, (Yes, you know you look at every three-day weekend as a four-day weekend) take some time to reflect on those you work with, past and present. Find at least one redeeming quality and recognize them for it. Send them a note or give them a call. If they are no longer around, honor them by demonstrating one of their great qualities in your actions toward others. It’s a lot better than doing the opposite.