Just two words. Just two syllables.
But those two, short sounds harness incredible power.
My guess is we can all say “Thank You” more often; I know I could. While gratitude is part of my daily ritual, can we ever say it enough?
And I’m not just talking about thanking someone when they help you or follow your lead. I’m talking about expressing gratitude to someone for just being them.
I try to tell the people who surround me at work thank you as much as possible. In every email, every brainstorming session, every goal check in – thank you, thank you, thank you. When I do, the conversation ends on a bright note and (surprise!!!) most items following that get accomplished. Even with a smile! It’s important to let the people around us know how thankful we are they’re in our lives and they’re noticed and valued.
My life wouldn’t be the same without my professional team. They need to know that. If we’re not careful, our reaction to the things our supporting team does, or even the opportunities we’ve helped establish for them, can make it look like they’re a distraction. They’re aren’t, they’re incredibly significant.
To add on top of those two special words, maybe this month think about:
- Taking your staff to a ball game, theater night, charity auction or nice dinner
- Getting everyone (including staff kids) together for fun at the office – bring in entertainment
- Plan a company BBQ, holiday party or dinner celebration at your home together
- Schedule thank you lunches with individual team members & ask for candid feedback on how you can improve
- Plan a Friday afternoon for everyone to combine time and resources towards a charitable cause (time off work, gratitude & charity…it doesn’t get much better than this)
Thank you for your continued partnership and friendship. You have a choice in strategic partners and I’m genuinely proud to be growing our side-by-side impact on this industry.
We’re in this together.
Let’s consider this our collective, not-so-gentle reminder to say “Thank You” more… today and into the future.