When was the last time you stopped and offered a kind and sincere word to a co-worker? Just a little thought on what you appreciate about them or what makes them special?
Last week, our social committee asked everyone to respond to a short, anonymous survey with a word or short phrase of something that we appreciated about each of our colleagues. A compilation of these thoughts was placed on each person’s desk on Monday morning, the day after Valentine’s Day.
I share this with you not to say, “Hey, aren’t we great?” but rather to encourage you to think about that simple gesture of kindness that you may want to express to the people around you. If you know the folks at Riggs, you might also find yourself nodding in agreement.
Here is a glimpse into the things that we appreciate about one another:
Alexandra Frazier: Detailed perfection with impeccable wit. Thoughtful elegance in all things. She sees the beauty in every single thing, from a word choice to a baking ingredient to a human emotion.
Cathy Monetti: Kind soul with a big adventurous spirit. Generous in every sense and unfailingly so. Takes such a genuine interest in all our talents, careers and lives.
Courtney Fleming: Smart, talented, competent, trustworthy, fun. Wise beyond her years. The ultimate team player with the highest of good intentions. Impeccable taste in hip-hop.
Courtney Melendez: Her smarts. Her beautiful, soulful spirit. Her light-filled smile. Her willingness to make everything better. She embodies grace in everything she does, and in every interaction she has with people.
Katy Miller: Smart, stylish and sophisticated. Whatever it is, she has the smarts, insights, and intuition to just see through to the right, true thing. A great example of service leadership.
Kelly Davis: Thoughtful mentor. Incredible teacher and friend. Soft-spoken brilliance. Able to see all the way around a thing. Calm, measured demeanor.
Kevin Archie: Patient and willing to help. Thoughtful and talented. His perspective on life shines through in everything he does, teaching those of us around him a little more of what really matters in life.
Kevin Smith: Witty, clever and fun. A brilliant conversationalist with an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and a keen interest in a great diversity of things. Makes everyone smarter.
Jillian Owens: 100% fearless. Creative. Quirky, distinctive style. The ease with which she moves in the world.
Julie Turner: Joyful and encouraging. Endless optimism and fun. Always sees the good. Lover of words and bacon. The best, most distinctive laugh of anyone in the building.
Marcus Williamson: Imaginative. Enthusiastic. Friendly. Helpful. A vessel of light and positive energy, and his work shines through that. Quietly gets things accomplished with great attention to detail.
Michael Powelson: Perceptive. Brilliant and talented. Gifted. A highly evolved soul. Not satisfied with surface thinking. Sees the humanness of it all.
Ryon Edwards: Sincere. So thoughtful. Everything is designed with clear-minded intention. Honorable. Wildly talented and equally generous. He is the heart of all things beautiful here, not merely in design but in spirit.
Taylor Craig: Open-minded. Brings energy to everything. Love her willingness to observe, absorb and thoughtfully explore all the possibilities as part of a team. Making it happen with grace.
Teresa Coles: Such a beautiful blend of brains and compassion. Grace under pressure. An inspiring and thoughtful leader. A true giver. Committed. Generous and kind.
Tom Barr: Conscientious. Helpful and diligent. Envy his wit. Knows so much about so many things. He makes it all work. So smart, so thorough and so patient. Keeps the rest of us grounded.
Will Weatherly: Thoughtful, intelligent and kind. Capable. Committed. Smart. Insightful. Understands that being effective with people is more important than being efficient. Has a knack for asking the kinds of questions that draw people into meaningful conversation.
Yanti Pepper: Always cheerful. Brings out the best in people. Dependable. She makes everything fun. Keeps us hip to what the kids are into. She brings joy to other people in a way that continually astounds us.