I saw an interview this week with a man who was recognized by his company because he recognized more of his colleagues than anyone else in the business. It is one of the largest companies in Australia and makes this an impressive achievement.
He was a gracious, humble man, and when asked how he managed to recognize so many people, he had an easy answer.
"I wonder every morning, who do I have to thank today?"
Almost 300 people have been recognized and thanked by this one person for their good work in the past 12 months.
It's a remarkable legacy, and I can only imagine the positive culture that he shaped not only in his own department, but in teams across the company.
Who do you have to thank today?
Someone in your family?
One of your team?
The security guard at the front door?
The cleaning lady who is doing her best to ensure a safe job during a global pandemic?
Your child's teacher / coach / tutor?
I encourage you to be very aware of this.
Find a specific person every day and thank them for something.
Look them in the eye when you do it.
Make sure they know how much you appreciate them.
You do not need a fancy corporate bonus program for this.
Just awareness and love.
Who will you thank today?