It is the thought that counts. A little piece of paper can have great value…..LeeA few years ago I made a trip to four colleges/universities in Oklahoma to learn more about the Disney College Program and to help the students, administration, deans, and faculty understand how great this program is for the students. On this trip, I became the teacher.
To Live, Learn, and Earn at the Walt Disney World® Resort for a semester is an experience that students will look back on as one of the most important experiences of their careers. It really is too bad if they don’t do it if they have the opportunity to do so. Having Disney on their resumes will open many big and heavy doors for them in the future.
That is not the story though.
At the University of Central Oklahoma, the President of the University, Roger Webb, teaches a Leadership course to some of the top student leaders. I told him that this is great leadership in itself. Without teachers and great role models, none of us would be where we are today.
He allowed me to use his classroom hour the week I was there to talk about leadership and the College Program to this group of students.
After the talk I was standing outside talking to a group of administrators and students, when one of the students who had been in my talk came up and handed me a small torn piece of paper from her lined notebook pad. I opened it and it said, “Thank you . . . that was great.” It was signed Heather Dahle.
Now let me tell you this: I predict that this young woman is going to become a great leader. She already understands the importance of thanking someone when a person does something for you that you appreciate.
This is the lesson for this week. I can’t really stop thinking about how thoughtful she was to do that. It reminded me that you cannot appreciate people too much. If they are great and you appreciate them, tell them and tell them often. . . . Lee
PS: I kept that little piece of paper, and it is still on my desk.