Good Job Me!

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Major General Jeannie Leavitt (second to the left) at WWMB.

[April 30, 2024 – Blog] At our recent Women Who Mean Business reunion and graduation, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeannie Leavitt in a fireside chat for the group. Major General Leavitt was the first female fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Her list of accomplishments and accolades over her illustrious 32-year career of service to our country are numerous, as you might imagine. After hearing her remarkable success story, our class was eager to meet her.

However, we all got a chuckle when she told us a story about her daughter who was in a dance recital. To prepare her daughter for her stage appearance, Jeannie was told she had to arrange her daughter’s hair in a neat bun. Jeannie said she was many things but not a hairdresser. But, she completed the task and was pleased with the final result. At that moment, Jeannie said she told herself: “Good job me!”

What a great thing it is to sometimes thank ourselves for doing something well. Especially something that falls outside of our usual skill sets. While thanking others and expressing gratitude to our team members and colleagues is always critical to achieve the best outcomes, we often forget to give ourselves a pat on the back.

When you are in a leadership role, and particularly when you are in the C-suite, you will notice that thank-you’s are harder to receive. That’s just the way it is. 

Lately, I am taking Jeannie’s words to heart. And you should too. It doesn’t always have to be for the big accomplishments. It can be something as simple as feeling good about completing a yoga class, trying a new recipe and reaping the rewards of something delicious or stepping out and exploring something new. 

Like many words we use, gratitude is the readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness. Yes, there is the act of returning the feeling of being thankful that brings it all full circle.

As I close this newsletter, I am thankful to all of you for reading and passing along these emails. I hope they help you in your journey. 

Perhaps I should just stop and say, “good job me!”

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Gay Gaddis
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