I’m known for always looking forward. Constantly thinking ahead to the next meeting, idea or project.
But sometimes it’s important to look back. To take stock of what has been achieved and most importantly to say thank-you.
It’s so easy to tick the box when something’s completed, or even just focus on lessons learned and what can be done better next time.
The value however of recognising and applauding people who have been instrumental in achieving excellent results, successfully implementing a new project or hitting a challenging target is huge. It’s not just the right thing to do, but helps motivate and energise staff.
We all need a thank-you.
Our annual staff awards ceremony is this Friday and it’s a wonderful opportunity to thank people who have truly gone above and beyond the call-of-duty over the last 12 months.
Yes, we need to be saying thank-you to people throughout the year, but this uplifting event is a chance to shout it out load and clear.
The award categories cover staff working on the front-line, in research and education and behind-the-scenes. From world-leading consultants to administrative staff.
One of the actors from Coronation Street will be the guest of honour to present the awards. Kindly making time for this event, as we are one of their 50th anniversary charities, in between a crazy filming schedule. And following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, Sven-Goran Eriksson, John Bishop and many other household names in presenting the awards.
So this Friday I will be very proud and repeating two incredibly important words throughout the ceremony.
I read a fantastic quote the other day; "The six most important words: I admit I made a mistake. The five most important words: You did a good job. The four most important words: What is YOUR opinion? The three most important words: If you please. The two most important words: Thank You. The one most important word: We. The least important word: I."