Thursday, September 27, 2012

There is Room for Kindness in Business

On this beautiful sunny morning in Colorado (turning into a rainy day), I arrived at my desk and had no immediate blog idea in mind.  It has a lot to do with the grind I worked through yesterday.

That is until I went to my LinkedIn messages and found the most kind note I've received in a little while. I say "little while" because I'm highly fortunate to have many people in my business life who are willing to provide feedback to me on a regular basis.

You see, when my creative juices flow, I'm an idea machine.  That doesn't mean that my ideas are always good ideas but it means that I'm always generating ideas and I take a lot of risks to pursue my ideas.

Sometimes the feedback I receive is hard to swallow because I've sent out a test baloon with my latest not-so-good idea and other times, I've created some kind of material that touched someone right where they are in their security career.  It appears that a recent interview that was given to me by freelance writer Tim Heard in InfoSec Institute's on-line magazine.

This is the message that greeted me today in my LinkedIn inbox:

Good Morning Jeff...just wanted to pass on a note to say I absolutely love your articles. The latest interview with InfoSec Institute was great...resume-wise, it helped me understand that it is imperative to relay that what I am accomplishing adds value to my organization...which has been a hard nut to crack based on the fact security is typically a drain on the bottom-line.

Again, I appreciate gleaning your insight! Have a great remainder of the week!
The exact words this security professional on the other side of the country from me chose to use aren't the issue.  It truly was the thought that counted for me.  Thank You!

After investing the majority of my Wednesday time into negotiating contracts and following up on people and situations that aren't moving forward as planned, it was great to receive this kind communication this morning.

One of the best ways to get out of what Zig Ziglar refers to as "Stinkin Thinkin" is to do something kind for someone else just because you can.  The "Stinkin Thinkin" words belong to Zig Ziglar.  The suggestion that doing something kind for someone else idea comes from my own personal experience.

Someone did something kind for me today.  What can you do to boost someone else's day today?

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