President's Message May 2017
Be inspired to nominate
Over the last few years I have judged, sponsored, hosted and participated in numerous awards programmes which have given a diverse range of people drawn from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to tell their story about how they chose to do something remarkable with their lives. Moreover, in many of these cases, what they have chosen to do has had an incredibly positive impact on those around them across our county, our country and in some cases right across the globe. Some of these awards programmes have sought to celebrate the amazing achievements of young people whose truly inspirational stories demonstrate wisdom and drive well in advance of their tender years. Others have focused on the contribution of women in business, shining a spotlight on those willing to smash right through the barriers put in their way and move on to create sustainable growing businesses on their own terms.
I wanted to use my message this month to remind all of our members about our very own St Albans and District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards which seek to showcase the top performing businesses across a wide range of sectors and draw out the many shining examples of first class leadership, community focus, commitment to sustainability, outstanding customer service and highlight numerous Corporate and social Responsibility projects undertaken by businesses right across our locality.
Each year I get the incredible opportunity to listen in to the exploits and achievements of these award winners and it is clear that each of them has been on a an amazing individual journey during which they have either been sparked in to action by a single event or a series of events which have acted as the catalyst to drive them on to achieve incredible outcomes. As such, there is no one formula or methodology I can identify for each of us to follow in order to guarantee such outcomes for ourselves. However, there is most certainly some common currency these people share which may give us a kick start in to action. Firstly, they share an unwavering positive view about life and living. Secondly, they make positive choices around all they can control and accept the issues they cannot. Thirdly, they embrace diversity, utilising points of difference in themselves and others to broaden and deepen relationships as opposed to seeing difference as a threat to be dismissed or silenced. The humanity, selflessness and humility of these remarkable people is something to be celebrated and emulated wherever and whenever we are able. In short, positive choices almost always lead to positive outcomes, and with that in mind, over to you!
You will come across such people and businesses in your every day life and the thing is you only have until 31 May to recognise their efforts. Please, please, please! If you know of an amazing person, business or community project, please nominate them today by clicking on the link below. You will make their day!