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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Thank You

Every Tuesday afternoon at Thorek/Scott, we have a team meeting to discuss new mandates and other relevant topics that rose the previous week. We sometimes begin this meeting with an exercise – a team building activity of sorts. Recently, my colleague Sonya asked us to think of a person that we wanted to thank for making a positive impact on our lives. The idea behind this exercise is that the expression of gratitude to others indirectly boosts our own self-esteem and confidence. It isn’t a novel formula – contribute to someone else’s happiness and in turn you will feel rewarded.

We each reflected on the people in our lives that have made a difference and as we shared our ‘thank yous,’ it became increasingly apparent that our collective accomplishments were as much a result of our positive connections with others than they were of our own determination. The group acknowledged that we had not only been shaped by our relationships with others, but that those relationships remained intricately tied to our well-being and achievement. The activity was not intended to have anything to do with Executive Search, but the outcome was a lesson directly related to our business. As Search Consultants, we wholly depend on others to facilitate our success. Whether they know it or not, the people we have worked with over the years - those we have coached, advised, or counseled; those we have helped find new positions; and those whose businesses we have partnered with to find great talent - have all impacted our lives substantially.

Now in my seventh year at Thorek/Scott, I often think about the friends I have made since beginning my career in Search. Many of them are people I have never placed or formally assisted on a mandate, but all are relationships that have contributed enormously to my personal development. My sincere hope is that they would feel the same. Like all friendships, these relationships were built on mutual trust and respect. It takes a lot of time to develop a genuine connection, but I know it is always worth the effort. My success is entirely contingent on the people in my life, so, as I look forward to my next chapter, I can’t help but feel thankful to those who helped me get through the last one.
Sonya was right, gratitude is uplifting.

Aaron Collins, Associate Director


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