On this September 11th, we all are filled with a sense of national pride. No matter what side of the election we are on or what is our stance relative to how we honor the national anthem, we all feel a deep sense of emotion for our great country. For those of us who are vets, we like to think that this emotion runs even deeper, though some very appreciative and patriotic people whom I have met, have never served. Many of them were not born in the US, yet they have great appreciation for the opportunities they have here—many of us will never understand.
So how do we keep up this patriotic feeling every day? How do we bring it into our organizations so that this feeling is not forgotten while we support our customers’ missions?
It is very important to facilitate a culture that remembers why we are in this business. We often times are consumed by the day-to-day mire of tasks we have to complete, projects we have work on, small issues we have to resolve, etc. We can get caught up in the business side of our industry. But, we must remember why we are here., Our purpose is to support the American people, making best use of their investment in our nation, and accomplishing the missions of our customer agencies. Leaders in any federal contracting organization should be active in breeding a culture that honors who it is that we serve and what it is that we do.
So, take a minute. Take a minute to be grateful for the country in which we are lucky enough to live, for the opportunities we have, and for the people in the agencies we support.
September 11th is a somber day, remembering one of the worst days in our nation’s history. Use this memory every day as an opportunity to think about infusing the positivity of patriotism in yourself and in your organization.