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: Adam Yuret
I’ve known Adam for many years from the Agile community. As often is the case, I can’t remember the first interaction. And doing these appreciation posts, I realize that the origin story sometimes is less important than where the story has traveled.
I could go on and on about the numerous impacts Adam has had on me and many others over the years. Heck, he inspired my desire to do lean tequila (I’m not a coffee kind of lady). However, I’m focusing this appreciation on what he’s helped me with outside of Agile (or maybe in addition). The last couple of years have been rough in seeing a side of some of my colleagues that has resulted in a loss of respect. Adam, on the other hand, is one of the people where my respect grew. I think most people would put both of us in the camp of “they speak honestly”. But as I struggled to really quit compartmentalizing topics in my life, Adam would post/share something that showed me – it’s ok. He would say the thing that needed to be heard. And sometimes because of the topic, I felt seen. He’s smart. He’s compassionate. He’s a fighter. He’s hilarious. He’s passionate. He’s always challenging himself and others. And, he’s a shining example of ally.
I know many people rag on social media. And as much as I understand the negatives, I’ve gained better connections because of the platform too. Thank you Adam, for sharing your beliefs, your struggles, your wins, your disappointments, your hopes, and yourself. Always with a humorous dynamic that I appreciate and respect.
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