I like this simple quote from Steve Jobs…”Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” This quote is straight to the point….we accomplish more together. By tapping into the strength of each person on a team, you develop a troop of individuals who are ready to charge forward towards progress. That is something we all can use right now in the business world, as the environment rapidly evolves around us with ever changing advancements in technology.
As an owner of a small business, I have always believed that our team is our biggest asset. Over the years, I have worked hard to try and recognize the contributions of those on our team on a regular basis., whether it is with a small comment in passing, a written note, or a larger form of recognition. It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday tasks and take for granted those who have a great impact on how successful a company can be.
Recently, we had a team meeting where we shared current trends, new ideas, and an update of where we are as a company, in addition to a fun team building exercise. We also knew we wanted to take the opportunity to recognize each individual on our team for the contributions they make to the success of the company. We planned to present an “Oscar” to each team member; we felt it was a fitting award since we turned our conference room into a movie theater to show an inspirational video. Time was spent to reflect on each individual and highlight a trait or action that we recognize as being a strength to the organization.
I started thinking…why should this all be kept a secret? I realize our presentation of the Holmes Oscars was not televised but why not share the great news of our team with our clients and friends too! So here are the recipients of the Holmes Oscars!
The majority of all projects are handled by this individual. This person is here everyday and works with many different types of personalities internal and external and manages to juggle it all and keep it straight. The MULTI‐TASKING Award goes to STEPHANIE for her ability to handle the variety of everything that needs to be done.
This person has transformed over the years to become fearless. This individual has seen dramatic changes in our industry and has embraced new strategies and developed the skills necessary to stay relevant and serve the client. The COURAGE Award goes to HEATHER for her ability to not be afraid of change.
This person enjoys learning new things and their passion is contagious. By improving internal systems and elevating the quality of our services, this person continually raises the bar and is always looking to learn something new or a new way to do it. The ADVENTURER award goes to MIKE E. for his ability to take on new challenges.
This person has an attention to detail and is an energetic contributor to our brainstorming sessions. In a short amount of time, this person is able to get everything done with pinpoint accuracy. The ENTHUSIASTIC award goes to HOLLY for always being willing to help wherever it’s needed.
This person has also seen many changes in our industry and has evolved their skill‐sets. By projecting confidence, it has built trust and created additional opportunities with our clients. The PROFICIENCY award goes to KAREN for being a knowledgeable resource to co‐workers and clients.
This person is able to listen intently to a specific need, take what is heard and develop a solution through the use of Creative, Strategy, Design and Content. Her purposeful and relevant approach provides strong support to the sales effort. The ASTUTE LISTENER award goes to KARLEIGH for being able to take what she hears and turn it into a success.
This person is also here everyday making sure we leave a great final impression. With a whatever‐it‐takes attitude, the numerous tasks that need done are handled in stride. The DEPENDABILITY award goes to MIKE M. for being able to finish the job at the end of the line often times under tight deadlines.
This person is able to juggle a variety of tasks and requests that come his way. He has proven to be a valuable contributor with many projects we have done that are beyond the current production needs. The SUPPORTER award goes to MATTHEW for sharing his ideas and talents, many of which have yet to be tapped into.
While our paper Oscars may not weigh as much or have the monetary value of the real ones, it is our hope that we were able to express our appreciation of the talents and strengths of our team. It feels good to be on team of award winners!
Carisa Holmes-Peters, Owner – Holmes Marketing Services