The other day I talked about my new life philosophy "Be Excellent To Each Other". Today, I decided to share my thoughts with my coworkers at our support staff meeting.
Awhile back, a few of us* came up with an idea to recognize coworkers in a positive way. We named it The Red Stapler Club. (If you have never seen this movie, go. Do it now. Otherwise? You are dead to me.)
(*Also, it wasn't really "us"...it was my coworkers Mary and Jenny. I just put my two cents in after they'd already come up with the original idea. They came up with the idea of recognition and I supplied the stapler and chose the first recipient. Must give credit where it is due.)
Basically, someone gets into the club by being excellent to someone and having the current holder of the stapler notice. Whoever has the stapler passes it on to you. Then your pic will be put up in the kitchen area as a part of the club. (Think 'Employee of the Month'.) At the next meeting, the recipient will recognize a new person, share why they were chosen and give them the red stapler.
Before I shared who be getting the stapler, I took the opportunity to talk about the article that I read on CNN about being excellent to your coworkers. I talked about the importance of noticing little things and giving compliments to each other. I shared that I am adopting this philosophy and invited everyone to participate too. My voice shook while I was talking and at one point I was sort of worried that I might cry (because that's what I do when I'm nervous and also because I am a dork).
As I looked around the room, it seemed that everyone appreciated what I had to say. I'm glad I did it because I feel like it's important to remember to appreciate one another. I'll let you know what happens.
Oh, and Jenny got the stapler. She is always excellent to everyone so it was a perfect fit. She was the only one that was surprised because we all think she is terrific. I enjoyed that she had no idea even though she was in on the planning. I'm awesome like that.