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: Dave Prior
I met Dave at one of the Agile Alliance or Scrum Alliance conferences several years ago. I wish my memory was better on exact first meetings but whatever. What’s important is that Dave has increasingly gained respect and appreciation every interaction we have.
I want to focus this appreciation on a pattern that has emerged. Now unfortunately let me state first that I wish there wasn’t a need for this pattern. At several events now, at some point Dave will walk an individual up to me and express sentiments like “Tricia is a safe space” or “Tricia can help” and they even have morphed into not needed to say anything but me knowing immediately that someone is feeling uncomfortable, etc. So far, in every one of these situations, we were able to help the person.
Here’s what I want to appreciate about this. Dave is watching. Dave is noticing when someone is being harassed, etc. Dave is acting. Dave is taking steps to help eliminate the problem. Dave is staying. Dave escalates and checks in to ensure resolution. We need more Daves.
In addition, I appreciate that he knows he can trust me. To listen. To care. To act. To help. I am a social butterfly and I don’t always notice. So having experienced Dave’s trust that I will drop everything and be present is a responsibility and respect that I do not take lightly.
I appreciate you. Thank you!
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