I got SHOCKED!
Just had lunch with the CEO of a multinational company. After a couple of decades with the company, he decided to step down. Having announced his departure, what happened last couple of months shocked him!
Tens and hundreds of people messaged him to say “Thank YOU”. Tens of people cried when they heard the news. One colleague he had not spoken in 15 years called him to tell him how much he had impacted his career and life.
In a word, he was positively shocked!!
I asked him why. His response:
“I was only doing my job! And in our company, people are not encouraged to give praise much. So I NEVER knew what impact I had!”
And this was shocking to me!
And made me want to share this. We should not wait until somebody leaves to tell them how much they helped us. May it be the CEO, an important mentor, a colleague, etc . We should do it all along!