Thankful for 2018

I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, following another year of extraordinary change.  In fact, so much has changed that it’s hard to believe that it’s all happened within the same 12-month period. As I think back on the challenges I’ve faced, the obstacles I’ve overcome and the successes I’ve celebrated this year, I wanted to say thank you for the lollipop moments, big and small;

  • Anis, Dennis, Amy C., Mike T., Dave P., Caroline G., Alex R., Christy R., Christine D., Jen H., Fred G., Scott W., Steve W., Eric H., Bryan M., Mike R., Nick B., Pat P., Dirk, Chris R., Mike P., Scott B., Paul D., Pete F., Ahmet S., Tom E., Dan D., Steve M., thank you for making my last few months at Bosch, while challenging, some of the most rewarding of my career. I miss you!
  • Kasya, thank you for taking on everything I sent your way with a can-do attitude.
  • Jeromy, thank you for your infectious laugh that always put a smile on my face.
  • Chris T., thank you for always telling it like it is even when the truth isn’t popular; ”this town isn’t ready for you.” Challenge accepted!  Disrupt HR, and other fresh, thought provoking events are coming to Rochester in 2019.
  • Caitlin D., thank you for reminding me that “well behaved women rarely make history.”
  • Linda M., thank you for helping me identify that the root of so many problems in the world today are due to a lack of respect for humanity and inspiring me to do something about it.
  • Kathleen P., thank you for helping me translate my career experience into a purposeful mission, encouraging me when I’m on the right track, reeling me in when I lose focus and for setting me straight when I suggest something absurd, like handing out a postcard instead of a business card at a networking event.
  • Bob W., thank you for your support, encouragement and spot on referrals.
  • Laura D. and the rest of the NHRA board, thank you for welcoming me, humoring my barrage of ideas and providing me with the opportunity to support our local HR community.
  • Jacquie C., thank you for being a great co-chair who always has an eye out for the details I miss when I’m off trying to “save the world.”
  • Bruce P., thank you for broadening my perspectives around leadership and culture and showing me that there is a world of possibilities beyond the status quo. You are a wealth of knowledge and experience and I feel unbelievably fortunate to be learning from you.
  • Justin J., thank you for recognizing that I had what it takes to start my own business before I recognized the readiness in myself.
  • Bob P., thank you for challenging me with questions around starting my own business and making me realize that my reasons for not doing it, weren’t very good.
  • Barry S., thank you for always sharing the right quote at the right time.
  • Jim V. and Josh F., thank you for inviting me to join the Six Seconds family as a Preferred Partner. I’m excited to spread the power of EQ in Rochester.
  • Ed P. and Tracey B., thank you for offering me my first consulting gig.
  • Rich D., thank you for your flexibility and making it possible for me to travel when necessary, for being an amiable co-parent and most of all for being a great Dad to our boys.
  • Eric D., thank you for shedding light on why “transformationalHRleadership” was an available domain. “That’s because it’s so long….”  Duh!
  • To everyone who was honest with me about “success-storeys” looking like it was spelled wrong, thank you for helping me see that without a lengthy explanation or a British accent, it was never going to fly.
  • Thank you to everyone who has read, allowed me write about them and given me feedback on my blog.
  • To my parents; thank you for loving and supporting me even when we disagree.
  • Marc R., thank you for challenging me, being patient with me, and always loving me. Most of all, thank you for being my person. With you by my side, I am confident that I will achieve whatever it is I set my sights on.
  • Nicholas and Alexander, thank you for teaching me the meaning of unconditional love and acceptance.  You are my motivation for inspiring authenticity, respect and a sense of purpose in the world.

As you celebrate the holidays and look ahead to 2019, I encourage you to 1) surround yourself with people who support you, believe in you and want to see you succeed, 2) take advantage of every opportunity for learning and personal growth, 3) be able to admit when you’re wrong and laugh at yourself, 4) always make time for yourself and the important people in your life, 5) have the courage to step outside of your comfort zone as you never know what may be waiting for you on the other side of fear.

“Be thankful for what you have. Be fearless for what you want.” – Jiddu Krishnamurt