Inspiring Pride

First published Thursday, February 20, 2014

What is pride? There are a number of definitions provided on, and of course there’s that well known saying ‘pride comes before a fall’. Nonetheless, today has provided me with more than one opportunity to feel proud.

I have spent the day in the company of my staff team, with additional input from two of my Directors, and an excellent trainer. The focus of the day has been around developing, clarifying and firmly establishing company objectives, a mission statement and out of both an action plan for our next phase of work. The team, now numbering six in total including myself, is in some respects quite ‘new’ – three of the staff have been with the company for six months, one for 18 months, myself for two years, and the longest serving member accruing almost ten years. The Directors that joined us today have been involved with the organisation for just over two years for one, and just over a year for the second. Our trainer has 30 or so years experience in her field, but maintains a ‘youthful’ approach to what she does, full of energy and enthusiasm.

During the course of the day, we have discussed a range of topics, developed ideas and action plans, gained a greater understanding of how we work together as a team and had some fun too. Personally, I was able to look back on the activity of the day with a sense of pride – I have a great team of people to work with, who are all incredibly committed to what they do, enthusiastic and passionate about the organisation they work for, and have a very clear, shared understanding of why the company exists and what it is setting out to do. I have also learnt more about myself as a team player and team leader, and as a result will be able to deliver more for my team, as I adapt my working practice to achieve more, and do so more effectively.

Following on from the team day, I headed off to the parents evening at the school my three boys attend. I spent a good hour meeting their respective teachers, looking through their work, and seeing how they are individually progressing through the school. All three had great ‘reports’ from their teachers, with the eldest pair receiving positive feedback on their capabilities, although both need to do a little more in terms of homework…….!! Nonetheless, the three boys have given me reason to be proud today – they are doing well at school, being stretched and challenged by their teachers (two of them are being given work to do at the level of the year above their current school year placing), and clearly enjoy being part of the school community.

In both scenarios, I have been fortunate to be involved with people who inspire me. Whether it’s my team at work, or my children and their teachers, they are all working hard to do what they do to the very best of their ability. There are challenges for them all, be it economic pressures making promoting membership more difficult, or learning to balance the needs of school work and homework against the wish to go out and play. The directors who joined in today both gave of their time voluntarily to support me and the team, and contributed some great ideas in doing so. Our trainer had a great outlook, delivered some great content and made us all feel valued for what we do.

These people, ranging from the age of three, through to 66, have all given me something today. They have inspired me, and made me feel proud of their achievements, and helped me understand some of my own too. In return, I’ve made sure I’ve thanked each and every one of them for what they do, and let them know that I value them and appreciate them. After all, without them, I wouldn’t be doing what I do in the way that I do it!


For more information on the trainer we’ve worked with today, click here.


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