No matter how times have changed and how the rules of etiquette have evolved, one important guideline remains (and shall endure): A thank you note is something every gift recipient should send and every gift giver expects.
I work in executive search. It's a relationship business. Period. Yet, to reinforce these relationships and truly thank someone for their time, whether a referral or even a search assignment, nothing comes close to a handwritten note.
Gratitude, without a doubt, is one of the key characteristics of a leader. Since we all know that leading in a vacuum isn't really possible, it is only with the positive contributions of others that we as leaders are able to accomplish our goals.
Thank you Andrew. You saved a life. My life. You saved my children from being motherless. I just don't know what else to say, other than shouting what I now consider "our story," from the proverbial rooftops.
We should never assume others know that we appreciate, value and cherish them. We need to write our words of caring and gratitude in letters. We must speak our words of everlasting thankfulness. You need to tell them now. So do your children.
What super power do we need to thrive in this time of superlatives? You might guess extraordinary mental acuity or the ability to be in two places at the same time, but I think it's much simpler than this.