Day 387 – Thankful for Katie Rurup

Today we say good bye to an incredible teammate, Katie.  While I wish her all the best in her next career I can’t help but miss her already.  As she continues to move forward to reaching her dreams I am reminded of all of the reasons I am thankful for the time that I’ve had with Katie.

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Over the past two and a half years Katie has had a tremendous impact on both my teams and me personally.  Her work ethic has been incredible, she’s always taking on additional responsibility.  Katie never backs down from a challenge and will always do whatever it takes to take care of her clients and associates.  As others have sen her do this they can’t help but be inspired by her.

Not one to do something just for the sake of doing it, Katie would often hit me with some very tough and direct questions.  I appreciated those questions greatly, I always knew exactly where I stood with her and her thoughts on that specific situation.  I’m not sure if she knows this or not, but when she would ask me those difficult questions she helped me grow as a leader.  Her questions helped me pause and re-assess my strategy.  Her insights often helped to guide us down the right path.

One of the things that I’ve appreciated the most about working with her was her willingness to say “no.”  I know, it sounds a little crazy, but when something didn’t quite seem right she spoke up and did what she felt was the right thing to do.  When she would say no it was always in a very professional way.  In most cases it is very uncomfortable to say no to a leader, but as a leader we need people around us who are willing to speak up and say it.  Katie was always excellent voice of reason in that way.

The majority of our current team members had Katie as a trainer when they started, she did a great job of helping to grow our team’s talent base.  Between those trainings and the training she did for about one hundred other Express people in Dallas Katie made quite the impact on many of us within Express.

As I look back over our time working together it’s amazing to see the impact she had on our team, its success, and on me.  Man, I wish she was still here on our team, but she’s leaving our team in better shape than it’s ever been.

Katie, thank you so much for sharing your time, energy, work ethic, and awesomeness with us for the past two and a half years!  It’s been an awesome journey, thank you for helping us be a more successful team in so many ways.  Kick some butt and take some names in your next adventure, we’ll always be here to cheer you on and help out in any way that you would ever need.  Thank you!!!

Thanks!!!

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