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Day 2 – Thankful for People Who Have a Passion for Helping Others

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Today I am thankful for individuals who have a passion for helping others. Earlier today one of my team members shared a wonderful story of helping a person who came to us looking for work.

My teammate interviewed this woman and saw some great strengths that she could bring to the table for a new employer.  There was a spot that appeared to be a great fit for and my teammate sent her resume to the business.  The person responsible for making the hiring decision decided that her resume didn’t fit the bill of what she was looking for and turned the person down.  This is where this story normally ends.

Here’s where my thankfulness for my teammate came in.  It would have been very easy for my teammate to accept the rejection and move on.  Instead of just giving the candidate the bad news she got in touch with the decision maker and spent a great deal of time explaining all the ways the candidate would be the right fit for this role.  Begrudgingly the client relented and agreed to an interview.

After the interview our client quickly decided that this candidate would be a great addition to the team and called my teammate.  When she explained the offer they’d like to make to our candidate my teammate was able to convince the to offer our candidate a dollar more per hour than their original offer due to the strengths she brought to their team.

As you can imagine, our candidate was absolutely ecstatic and is now working at the client.

So why did my teammate advocate for our associate when it meant extra work for herself?  You could say that it was maybe for commission.  You could maybe think it was to make her production numbers look good.  You could probably come to many conclusions that involve helping herself, but none of them would even be close.

What drives this teammate is her absolute passion for helping people.  If you ever hear this story directly from her you’ll notice that she’s never bragging herself up or making herself the focal point of the story.  She’s purely sharing how happy she is that this woman who didn’t have a job and didn’t have people believe in her now has an opportunity for a great career (and at a better pay rate!).  My teammate is driven by her passion to help others that has been proven over and over again.  Her passion is an incredible motivation to me and reminds me of the biggest reason I choose to be in our profession.

Thank you!!!

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Day 1 – Thankful for Driven People

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Today I’m thankful for people who are highly driven to make their dreams a reality.

Yesterday I received an email from a great team member stating her interest in growing within our team.  While she may not currently be ready for the challenge she wants to tackle I’d be amazed if she didn’t reach that goal within a few years.  Why?  She’s got the drive of a freaking champion.

She pushes herself out of her comfort zone on a regular basis.  She’s constantly striving to become better.  She doesn’t wilt under the pressure of challenge.  She asks for criticism, handles it with grace and adapts.  She’s got a passion for her career.  She’s driven by an internal motor that refuses to quit.

So why I am I so thankful for driven people like this?  Simple.  They make the rest of decide to push harder along with them or get out of their way.  They push us to make the decision between being mediocre and being great.  People who are highly driven need highly driven coaches and highly driven teammates.  When they’re on your team you quickly see a split between the drivers and the “good enoughers.”  They force us as coaches to decide what type of team we want.  They drive us to make the tough decisions we’d sometimes like to ignore.  They drive us to become better.

I’m thankful for this particular team member and her drive because she’s pushing me to be the best possible coach I can be.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized