I used to have a coworker who laughed at me for my typos. I often typed “tanks” vs thanks. But after reading my Father’s Day book, I realized it wasn’t about the spelling. It was about saying “tanks.”
When was the last time you received a personal note from your boss at work? Better yet, at home! A note of encouragement or condolences from a coworker? I am thinking it may have been a while. Yes, texts, Facebook posts, emails…. all are OK. But going to the mailbox and seeing a handwritten note that someone personally wrote, it is heartwarming!
So let me challenge my friends at Maine Course. Make a point to send a note to someone who has “positively impacted your life”. Perhaps it’s to someone who works for you or by your side. Maybe it’s your boss. Then send one to someone else who impacted your life.
If 600 members of our Maine Course family do this, we will positively impact lives more than we will ever know. Take a minute and do it now. I also promise to continue to do it. Word on the street is it takes people 30 minutes to figure out what my notes say with my handwriting. But remember, its about the “tanks”!
We live and breath our values at Maine Course. In understanding and articulating the Maine Course Values, it was determined that fun needed to be included along with family, respect and integrity. “Fun makes the tedious bearable,” quote by Sean Riley.
Why is that so important? Studies show that laughter is contagious and binds people together. It releases endorphins that improve the immune system, reduce pain and protect us from stress. Having FUN while at work sounds like it provides the same benefits as working out. So let’s do it! Let’s all 500 MCHG Associates have fun today and make someone else smile while improving our health at the same time.
If the CEO of a company can wear a pink coat and dance all over Portland with some GM’s, you can do it to.
Yes, Typo’s are my specialty. Many are amused by it, some even concerned. But as I publish my first Blog with the new software, on our new website, I started thinking about my weaknesses. I am sure we all do that from time to time and get somewhat negative about our self image. Yes, it happens to even Sean, Mr Positive.
But I started thinking about all the people I am surrounded by who have unbelievable strengths. Those front line associates who take care of our guests with passion. The leaders who work tirelessly to support their teams and each other. The senior leaders who always have my back (and correct my Typo’s) Owners who use their resources to provide careers for each of us.
I look at the team we have been able to assemble and ask myself…. Do typo’s define me as a leader? Or should I focus on all the good things we have, our strengths?
So as each of us recover from a very busy year, lets focus on our own strengths and the strengths of those around us. Lets believe in each other, for we have many varying strengths! I am proud of what this 500 person family has been able to accomplish with all their strengths and weaknesses.
As we talk with each other next week, lets focus and praise the strengths.