I thought back to all the great leaders and mentors I’ve known, and know that this is 100% true. My mother, Marie Zanavich, former Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The United Illuminating Company and CIO of United Water/Suez Lyaonnaise des Eaux, always inspired me to surround myself with greatness. “Great leaders and administrators find and hire people who strong where they are weak.” This was proven time and time again as I watched my parents’ (both of whom were CIO’s!) careers. The leaders they admired recognized their own weaknesses, and capitalized on the strengths of their team. They worked together build a team where everyone brought something unique to the table. Other leaders functioned like little mini-dictators, refusing to recognize their own faults, and feeling threatened by others who may have been stronger than they.
So it’s no wonder, being surrounded by greatness my whole life, that I recognize the strengths and potential of my Stamping Bee team. I just have to recognize my hobbyists and business builders alike, as they grow. I don’t differentiate between team members who buy the Starter Kit to get the awesome discount or those who want to build their own Stampin’ Up! Business. Everyone is special and important to me and I recognize and celebrate their individual strengths. On the 1st Saturday of every month, I celebrate my top achievers. Anyone who promotes, qualifies, has qualifying sales add to their team, or holds a private class with a hostess, receives an invitation to come. It’s a themed stamping party, with treats, stamping, and laughter. We’ve had such themes as pina colada, Macaron Madness, and last month was a Spooky Celebration complete with mini pizza box decorating contest. It’s a special “by invitation only” and it’s certainly the highlight of my month.
So imagine my surprise when I got not 1 but 2 envelopes addressed to me yesterday. The first one was my certificate was from Stampin’ Up, recognizing my advancement to Silver Elite in September.
- December 2nd, Customer Appreciation Day. 10 am More details here.
- December 9th – Christmas Card Club, 10 am or 2 pm. RSVP due no later than 11/25.
- December 10th – 2nd Sunday Coffee & Cards 2 pm. Email to RSVP by 12/8 (Available in person or “to go” by mail.)
- December 30th – New Year’s Bingo – Stampin’ Style! You won’t want to miss out on this. Featuring Make & Takes, Bingo, Prizes, Food!. All new products and prizes from the 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs! Must RSVP and prepay no later than 12/15.