Sometimes the most amazing professionals we get the opportunity to work with during a career were not ones we recruited, hired and selected. Sometimes they come with the teams we inherit. Charlie came to our team as a post merger consolidation and things were never the same. Charlie lifted everyone’s performance because her role was to represent all of us in so many ways. If something went perfect, odds are Charlie had a hand in it.
Unfortunately, Charlie moved into retirement-land a few years back, and we all overcame her absence. Fortunately, Charlie kept all skills current and learned new ones. If you noticed an improvement in the quality of the editing on this blog, guess what? Charlie is all over it! When the best offers to help, let them help. Engage them in the decisions. Ask their opinions. Trust their insights. Understand the gift you are presented.
Are you appreciating your gifts? As a leader, do you really value your Charlie?