Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an after thought more and more. So at least once a month, I will take a few minutes to publicly appreciate someone that has had an impact on me.
This round: Anjalee
Last year I gave a very honest and raw look into the lessons I learned to become a leader. Later that afternoon, I received a text: “Hi Tricia, are you around? I would like to meet with you. I heard your talk this morning, very inspiring. Anjalee”. I immediately responded and we met to chat for awhile. One of the things I love the most about Agile conferences is how accessible anyone is but it still takes initiative to approach. I love that she reached out! But that’s not the best part…
She stays in touch! I received a text a few weeks later about her sharing what she learned at the conference. Then latter just to wish me well for the holidays. It’s this initiative that I applaud and appreciate the most. Building relationships, especially virtually is tough. We’re all so busy and we don’t want to feel like a burden to someone else but the opposite is typically true. Because she showed the extra effort, so did I. I reached how to her just to check in. The result: a great Skype conversation about some challenges she is facing. I think I helped her but I know she helped me. I loved brainstorming with her. I loved finding creative experiments. She gave me that opportunity and I really appreciate it.
So thank you for continuing to take initiative and investing!
Intentionally omitting picture and last name as this is still a forming relationship and not sure how she would feel about her name/photo online