Last night, my daughter (4 years old) saved my son (1 year old) from what could have been a serious accident.
She was at the right place and the right time and anticipated him getting hurt, she swooped in and pulled him to safety, she was able to get to him before me or my husband.
We lauded her quick response and praised her profusely.
At dinner we told her she was our hero.
A proud smile spread across her face.
Before she drifted off to sleep she repeated “I’m a hero!”
When she opened her eyes in the morning she repeated “I’m a hero!”
I picked her up from school that afternoon and she reported having the BEST day ever.
She came home and helped around the house without being asked, saying she “just wanted to do a good job.”
--Doesn’t this translate to the work environment?
To me it does; when you make someone feel valued and important you are empowering them to go above and beyond to help you.
Giving someone “hero status” with small acknowledgements of their talents can go a long way.
I was a TERRIBLE interview for my first “real” job.
I had no real-world experience, just a college degree.
Luckily, the interviewer was someone who looked beyond my nervousness. She didn’t ask me the impossible questions I had heard you may get in an interview.
Instead she made me feel comfortable, got to know me and went with her gut, she felt I had potential.
I went on to work as hard as I could for this Manager, learned from her and developed a great deal of respect for her. She was never too busy to answer a question or have a conversation.
15 years later I still appreciate that person giving me a chance and starting my career of learning and professional development. She opened doors for me by allowing me to get my start.
In my hiring experiences I have learned that when you open a door for the right person, their possibilities can be endless.
I'm Lindsey Crabtree, the Founder and CEO of Right Hand Operations. I love meeting new people and making connections, I love observing the commonalities between our clients and how we all have similar struggles in the business world. As I have time I enjoy reflecting on experiences and sharing what I've learned.