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: Humanizing Work Conference
Since 2015, I’ve been lucky to have been a part of hosting the Humanizing Work Conference since 2015. This year was the first year back in person… and it was GLORIOUS! There is so much to appreciate – so buckle up for a longer post.
I want to thank Richard, Peter, and Angie. Yes, they invited all Agile for All peeps to participate. But I still feel very grateful for their inclusion and efforts to make me feel like an essential partner in this community. I could truly feel their pride and excitement when they surprised me with a champagne toast for the book launch. And it meant the world. I’m so glad I was with you all that day.
I want to thank Jake and Paul. You just get me. You know what I will find funny, interesting, disgusting, etc. You know when to call me on my crap and when to throw me that acknowledgment. I’m so glad you chose to do this week together with us. We were all better from your knowledge, energy, and heart.
I want to thank the community. There were so many amazing people returning that just filled my soul. And so many new faces that I found wonderful connections. I don’t know if I can do the vibe justice but I’ll try to highlight a few moments that represent why my smile and heart were big by the end of the week…
- Having someone approach me at the end and say “I saw you on day one. You are not my kind of presenter.” Don’t worry, I kept just listening. “Then I had to see you again that day.” I was the end keynote for the whole conference. “I’ve since been to three more of your sessions. Thank you. Thank you so much.” This might be in the top three compliments that I’ve ever had. When someone changes their mind and feels the need to tell me the difference…I’m honored. Truly the best compliment of the week.
- I was really happy with the content of my sessions. There was new and old material. But even with the old material, I did twists to consider new angles, etc. They were well attended and the feedback was solid. I just love sharing in person.
- And who doesn’t love a huge room of Rock/Paper/Scissors to demonstrate several lessons about teams – the glee on Bryna’s face was awesome.
- Having great conversations followed with a surpise celebration of the book, Lead without Blame, launch. I was so lucky to be with people that I care about on this day. It finally feels real 🙂
- The amount of care and concern for someone that had been laid off while at this event. I watched someone make sure she took care of herself at dinner that night. I watched people acknowledge the wisdom she always brings to each session. I watched people reach out for connections for her. I watched people just support her.
- I got to play EUCHRE! Yep, I won…obviously! Thank you Ed, Brian, and Morgan. I seriously can play that game for hours and this made my heart happy.
- On the other side, I also did goat yoga. Yeah, see the pictures for my thoughts on that.
- And most importantly, private moments of deep conversations, reflections, and memories lead to lots of tears and laughter.
- Oh, and a learning group wrote me an ode to the song, Ring of Fire. Seriously, how do you top this?!?!
Books are a learning thang
And it feeds my aspiring dream
I don’t want to be a liar
Tricia set the bar way higher
(X2)She threw the queen of hearts in the fire
She went down down down
And the fame went higher
And she burns burns burns
The queen of fire
The queen of fire
The taste of success is sweet
Tricia will never feel defeat
The queen fell into the ring of fire
Tricia set the bar much higher
I’m already looking forward to next year! Thank you for the laughter, learning, and love this week. I’m so lucky.