Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Feeling Good About Myself

Sometimes, for reasons I don't know or understand, I feel unappreciated and unnoticed. A few years ago, after seeing the Bruce Willis movie "The Sixth Sense", I wondered if I was also dead. It sometimes felt like I was walking around, thinking I was one of the living, when, in actual fact, I was really one of the dead. I often thought, "What do I have to do to get noticed"? Recently...finally...I have gotten the notice I deserve at work. Last week my current boss gave me the best annual performance review that I have ever gotten. Today I received some survey results from a recent Gallup corporate poll. My staff was asked to respond to a number of questions about my leadership and the kind of working environment that I create. They were asked to rate me on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest. My overall score was 4.63 which put me in the highest level percentile. I am very pleased and extremely flattered to have been rated so high. The amazing thing is that I really don't do anything extraordinary. I don't come home at night and read management theory books. I simply try to be kind, understanding, fair, and compassionate. In other words, I treat the people on my team the way I want to be treated. These poll results strongly indicate the appreciation of my staff. You don't have to be Attila the Hun to be a good leader. Just be a decent human being.

This week I have eaten McDonald's Happy Meals in four different McDonald's restaurants trying to obtain all the Ice Age action figures for my beloved granddaughter. I have multiples of everything except the two main characters. They are a Wooly Mammoth and Sabertooth Tiger. I think I will have to visit every McDonald's in my part of the world! This coming weekend my wife and I will be taking Chloe to see "Ice Age...Dawn of the Dinosaurs" in 3D. Having watched the first two Ice Age movies about 500 times I am actually looking forward to this new adventure. Now if I can just track down those damn action figures!


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