Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an afterthought 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: Tony Lambert
I met Tony when I joined TechSmith. I had no idea how much this individual would continue to impact my life.
I could go on and on about his character and competence in general. He might be one of the most talented and thoughtful people I am lucky enough to know. But I’m going to focus this appreciation on a recent difference he made in my life.
To say the process of co-writing a book has brought out my insecurities…would not begin to touch the level that I have struggled to keep my confidence. Yet, I want to practice what I teach. So we decided to pick a few people to share a very (and I do mean very) rough draft of the core content of the book. Tony was at the top of the list.
I honestly joked that he was at the top because he “owed me” and “said he would help”. But the reality is I knew exactly what I could trust him within this request: My work as well as, my mind. Tony provided concept feedback – where did we imply something not quite right. He offered amazing concept suggestions that would really heighten the value. He gracefully noted where the material wasn’t there yet. He did all of that while supporting my mental place. He complimented. He pointed out where our passion and heart showed through. He reached out to update me on his progress so I wouldn’t make assumptions (or play bad narratives in my head that everyone hates this). After reading the feedback, I felt energized, hopeful for this book and supported. With every word, I knew his goal was helping us achieve our goal.
I’m incredibly grateful to you.
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