I have had the privilege of working with some great people over the years. Recently, one of those people who does really great work asked me to write a recommendation for them on LinkedIn. There were some changes going on in the organization, and she was feeling a little pressure to boost things up on LinkedIn “just in case”. After she asked me to write the recommendation, I was reminded that I had already considered doing that for her weeks prior but had never gotten around to it. She didn’t know this of course, but I knew it and was disappointed in myself for having to be asked.
I want to encourage all of you to take the time right now and write that recommendation. If they aren’t active on LinkedIn, then send them a thank you card. It means a lot to get a thank you card from a co-worker or supervisor in the mail. I’ve given them and have been told what they mean, and I’ve received one once and understand first hand the impact. People with a good work ethic will work at their best without recognition, but it sure feels good when someone takes the time to recognize all they do and say thank you.
The joy I get from winning a major championship doesn’t even compare to the joy I get when a kid writes a letter saying: “Thank you so much. You have changed my life.”