I know I won’t be the only one to write this one, but maybe I’ll get mine up first. If you’ve got your own space, I suspect you’re writing one. If not, you should. If you don’t have your own space, feel free to share your list here.
Looking back on my career, here’s the who that make me thankful. I’m not listing family or friends in a generic way, since my thankfulness for them is so much broader than my career. And I apologize up front for my shoddy memory. If I left you off, you get one free punch. But not in the face, OK?
Out of respect, bad stuff gets a last initial, but good stuff gets the whole name.
Mike M.: For showing me what bad management looks like.
Linda Litschgi: For leading with grace and style, and showing me how to hold a team together
Eric H.: For teaching me that friendship doesn’t have a place in the office.
Sara Kopff, Jim Taylor, Christine Hedges, Stacy Collier, Gerald Hagar, Dan Penrod, Dave Bender, Nocair Bensalah, Jim Sokolowski, Laura Fisher, Jessica Lewis, Kathleen Hilmer, Laurence Ritchie, Synnove Jacobsen, Zack Toof, Renee Ceresa, and Roseann Harrill: For showing me how wrong Eric was.
Andrew Stroud: For having my back, for introducing me to HR, and for being a mentor better than I deserve.
Holly S.: If not for you, I would have stayed. Would have been the biggest mistake of my career.
Thomas Rooney: For taking the time to be interested, and showing me what a CEO can really be like.
Trish McFarlane, Chris Fernandi, Paul Smith, Michael Carty, Shauna Moerke, April Dowling, Chris Frede, John Jorgensen, Lauri Ruettimann, Mark Stelzner, Michael Krupa, RJ Morris, Eric Winegardner, Steve Boese, and the inevitable fifteen people I failed to list: For welcoming me into your community, for your support, and for inspiring me day after day. You are all far better people than I deserve to hang with.
I’m sure there’s more. And I’ll probably add to this as time goes on. But it’s the start of an exercise that should happen more than once a year.