I've been enjoying a few entries from Seth Godin's blog including this post which reminds me of many of my Apple Distinguished Educators friends. It describes many of their attributes and I hope I evolve in this direction.
For the past few years, I've really wrestled with whether or not my work or ideas matter; it's not particularly good for one's morale to think that you don't matter. I think the bottom line is to not expect validation from one's peers or colleagues and be happy if that does happen. However, I do think supervisors should always be mindful of this when looking at the big picture within in an organization. On a personal level, think about the last time you let someone know that their work, ideas, contributions etc. matter. Pay it foward!
For more worthwhile posts by Seth Godin, check out these other two that I appreciated recently: