Sales consultant and recruiter Jim Keenan wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about the individual who influenced him the most in 2016. Beyond that, he challenged his readers to write about “the person (who) had the greatest effect on your personal or professional life in 2016 and thank them publicly.”
A week later, I was stunned, humbled and honored to see that two of the business professionals I had the opportunity to help with optimizing their online presence last year had written one of those posts about me. Deb Calvert and Babette Ten Haken are both amazing, brilliant experts on leadership and collaboration. Asked in the abstract who had the greatest professional impact on me in 2016, both of them would have been at the top of list.
But the nature of Jim’s challenge is such that reciprocation isn’t permitted. I need to pay it forward. So I’ll focus my friendly fire on another individual unquestionably right up at the top of the list as well, Shelly Kramer.