I live my life by the words from the chorus of the famous Joe Cocker that goes like this:
I’m just a soul, whose intentions are good. Oh, Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood!
It’s because I find myself always wanting to enable those around me by being the best I can be while bringing out the best in them. There have been some rough times in my career where this was misunderstood by the “yes men” and “yes women” of the past. In the beginning, I would grow bitter towards their lack of foresight, but as I matured in my professional career the need for their recognition lessened. I have been fortunate to be a part of a team that has had one another’s backs – not in the good ole boys sense, but in the doing what’s right way. This came to head yesterday as the senior leaders of our department paid recognition to a few team members and I happen to be one of the ones recognized. I’d like to share what was said, because it represents me perfectly.
“During the IGI site launch, this team member was “johnny on the spot” with intriguing illustrations, creative layouts (often going beyond the WYSIWYG and coding to make it look better), photography, videography, and clever copy writing that made me laugh out loud. The thirst for knowledge, from pop culture to high tech trends, bubbles up every day in their work, which seems quite naturally entwined with the rest of this team member’s life. Their down to earth demeanor makes it easy for peers to get in the same creative place.”