Some people are just waiting to hear, straight from you, what a difference they make. Don’t let them wait
As I write this, it was recently Blue Monday – officially the most depressing day of the year. Despite that, you and I are still here and still going strong – well done us!
In response and opposition to the whole Blue Monday thing that the news jumps on every year, I’m declaring every day my official International Recognition Day, and I invite you to try it too:
- Who do you know who would benefit from being reminded how great they are?
- Who’s been kind, caring or just a good listener?
- Who has had the kind of attitude towards life, work and other people that made a difference?
When I was a young manager in a big organisation somebody I really valued gave me a great piece of advice. He told me: “Some people are just waiting to hear, straight from you, what a difference they make. And they’ll wait forever if you let them. Telling them now, while you can, is the act of a great leader”.
I haven’t always lived up to that, because of my doubts and fears. Often because I don’t want people to think I’m joking, or because I don’t always believe that I’ve got the ‘right’ to say anything. And sometimes I haven’t done it because that person isn’t always great like that or because the behaviour they showed might not seem like that big a deal. And I wish I’d done it more.
None of those doubts or fears matters on International Recognition Day though, just tell people what an impact they’ve had – I dare you.