Awarding Others

This Sunday marks the 84th Academy Awards. It’s strange, isn’t it? Highly paid actors and directors and composers get annual recognition for the work that they do, yet so many of us have ‘thankless’ jobs. How many times do dishwashers, window cleaners, receptionists, payroll clerks, trash collectors, restaurant bussers, airplane dispatchers or accountants gets nominated for their great work? Not often enough.

Yet, earlier this week, Michael Meyers of Bella Transport Inc., made our A/P Rep, Aaron, feel like Hollywood royalty when he sent this email:

“Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your A/P department! You are one of the few brokers that we work with who never needs to be reminded when payments are due. As we are a small company, cash flow is critical to us. Please be sure to pass this on to whomever is processing our invoices….”

Upon accepting his Oscar for Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood said: “There are a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven’t. You just do the best you can.”

This weekend, wouldn’t it be great if we all followed Mike Meyer’s example by being on the lookout for a few everyday heros who are “doing the best they can”? It only takes a moment to recognize a job well done, but for the recipient of such praise, the acknowledgment is more valuable than Oscar’s golden shine.

Enjoy your weekend.