I am very pleased to say that I have been nominated and accepted onto the IBM Champion program once more in 2016. Does it matter? It does to me. IBM says the program is about recognising “individuals who make outstanding contributions to our IBM communities…..” but to become a champion you must first be nominated by someone and then your nomination is reviewed by an internal IBM team. Becoming a Champion for me means that I have made a difference in my chosen area of work, one that has affected or impacted more than just my colleagues and customers. It also means that someone, somewhere took the trouble to nominate me*.
It’s important to me to have a job that’s rewarding, that makes me challenge myself and somewhere makes a positive difference. I’m not bringing about world peace but in my own way in my own field I’m trying to make things better and someone else has noticed that.
It means a lot.
Congratulations as well to my colleague Mike Smith who also was awarded Champion status, my sometime colleague and friend Mark Myers from LDC Via and all the other IBM Champions this year.
*I got an email saying someone nominated me and, for the first time ever, I nominated myself as well because who knows what I’ve done this year better than me. That was tough. Writing things about myself feels like boasting but I think it was good for me to do it so i’m chalking it up to personal growth.