Volume 6, Issue 1

Coach Vickie Bevenour, PCC  - www.CoachVickie.com

January 2008

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... is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC

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Coach Vickie Bevenour
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The RDW Group, Inc.
114 Partheni Court
Cary , NC 27519

January 2008

What Are YOU Going to DO to make 2008 Great? 

What are YOU going to do to make 2008 great? It could be as simple as getting back to basics.  This is illustrated in the following story about my client Peter.

Peter was let go by his firm last fall.  Since then he has been in a high-energy job search.  In mid-December he had a series of interviews at a company that seemed like a very good match.  Unfortunately, he got the call after the New Year that they had selected someone else for the position.  When Peter dejectedly reported his latest status to me, I asked him if he would be willing to write a thank you note to the hiring manager.  Peter nearly exploded at the suggestion, “write him a note for rejecting me?”

After a discussion, Peter agreed to write the note thanking him for the opportunity to interview.  A week later he received a call from the hiring manger asking him if he would like to meet for coffee. During that meeting, the hiring manager asked Peter, “Do you think that we should have extended you an offer?” Peter immediately answered in the affirmative.  Then the hiring manager let Peter know that they had not yet extended an offer to the candidate of choice and that he would like to put Peter’s name back in the ring.

Whatever the outcome of this specific job opportunity, Peter got a second chance by the simple effort of writing a thank you note.  What second chances are YOU looking for in 2008?

Why not take a moment and look backward to help you move forward in 2008? Remember the October newsletter when I presented you with the assignment to create one thoughtful hand written thank you note each week for six months? Have you faithfully put pen to paper each week as suggested? If not, now is the time to make this a New Year’s resolution that will undoubtedly reap benefits for your professional career.

You might consider writing a hand written note to:

  • That customer that got away last year.
  • The team member who is always there for you.
  • The manager who wrote you a great performance review
  • The person in your organization who was recognized for something special
  • The individual on your leadership team on whom your rely for wisdom

Let’s make 2008 great by committing to writing one hand written note a week for the next year.  Each note takes less than 10 minutes to write.  Who knows, just like Peter, your 10 minute investment might open a door that you thought was closed…and provide a second chance for you to shine!

Congratulations, you have taken the next step to deriving results from within.


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