The other day, one of my employees shared something with me that I have been thinking about. She was having a conversation with a co-worker, not in our department, and was asked who her supervisor was. My friend (and employee) spent a few minutes trying to describe me when finally the other employee said, "Oh! You work for that happy little lady!" I had to laugh at the how I was described. My friend went on to tell me how she agreed that I was a happy little lady and that I was as fun to work for as it seemed. I was touched.
I thought about this for a few days as I really do want to be a person who is pleasing to work for. Sometimes the decisions that I make are not easy and sometimes I have to be tough. For example today I told the department that if we were not able to meet a deadline, that we would have to work sometime over the July 4th weekend. However, most of the time, it is good news that I get to share, coaching and encouraging that I get to do, and relationship building is a priority. I like this part of my job. It was good to hear that God is giving me success as I go about trying to do a job that will honor Him.
It was refreshing to hear of my "work" reputation. Sometimes I have wondered how I appear to other people, especially ones who don't know me. I know that I have sometimes made choices that hindered a positive reputation, but strive to do better. I am glad to have new chances and hope that I can maintain the good reputation, with God's most merciful help.
Benjamin Franklin said:
"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it."
Let me work on the good. I like being known as "the happy little lady."