Mytech Culture Experience September 2013

This month we would like to reflect on our August value of "Foster a Culture of Praise" by highlighting one of our Mytech team members who exemplifies this value every day – Sarah Hertz. Sarah has been with Mytech for several years now and is one of our resident "Monkey's." If you happen to familiarize yourself with the book "Make a Difference" by Dr. Larry Little, you will learn that Monkey's always like to make sure people are happy and would party more often than not if they could.

"Celebrate what you want to see more of."
- Thomas J Peters

Recently Sarah worked to put together a program here at Mytech that is to recognize team members for a job well done. The concept is based on something like collector baseball cards or similar collector's cards where you can accumulate a bunch of them; for Mytech, each one has to tie back to one of our core values. When Sarah presented this concept at the all company meeting in August she announced the collector cards as the DFTBA cards. After many confusing looks and a brief pause for dramatic effect, Sarah elaborated that DFTBA stands for "Don't Forget To Be Awesome!" We want to celebrate and recognize those who exemplify the type of service we always strive to deliver – DFTBA cards will help recognize and remind everyone to Foster a Culture of Praise. On behalf of Mytech, thank you Sarah for being awesome. We appreciate how you found a new way to reinforce the Mytech Culture Experience with DFTBA cards that will help Foster a Culture of Praise.

"Truly effective recognition is not a program or a policy mandated by HR; it is a way of organizational life that touches all corners of the organization most every day of the working week."
- Building a Culture of Appreciation - Canadian HR Reporter

Touching again on the "Monkey" personality trait, I think we all have some monkey in us. Whether it is an overt part of our personality like Sarah and the other Monkey's we have here at Mytech or something that is kept deeper inside of you – there is some part of us all that desires to have a positive impact on others and to be thanked, recognized or at the very least acknowledged for a job well done. Some people strive on this kind of recognition and others will minimize the need for it (Lion's for instance – again reference the "Make a Difference" book), but at some level we all appreciate someone choosing to say thank you or praising a job well done.

"Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated."
- Robert McNamara

As one of the founders of Mytech, I am so appreciative of our team and how they deliberately chose to identify Foster a Culture of Praise as critical to our core values. The team here at Mytech takes ownership of these values and breathes life into our culture beyond mere words on our website where our values are defined. The best illustration to me of our value of Foster a Culture of Praise is that we all consciously strive to genuinely acknowledge, thank and celebrate successes – internally and externally. As some final words for this month's edition of the Mytech Culture Experience, I challenge the entire Mytech team and anyone who reads this article to celebrate internal wins, recognize external vendor partners and customers and choose to simply, genuinely say thank you and that you appreciate a job well done.

"Recognition, celebration and hoopla are contagious. Are you a carrier?"
- unknown

Thank you for taking the time to read about a fantastic Mytech team member – Sarah Hertz and for participating in part of the Mytech Culture Experience. I invite you to please join the team here at Mytech on our Culture Experience, so that together we can work to "Foster a Culture of Praise."