While it was nice to see Jonathan Schwartz’s blog entry sharing his appreciation for outgoing Sun chief Scott McNealy earlier this week, it was even nicer to see the first-person piece by Tom Hanks in the New York Times Styles section.
In the essay, Hanks celebrates his long-time makeup man, Dan Striepeke. And the article is notable for several reasons:
- It’s awesome to see someone who’s so high profile thank a member of their support staff so publicly
- Hanks’ comments on the importance of developing a posse — not an entourage — that follows you from project to project
- If you can, choose to work with only the best
- It’s OK to make fun of flop projects
Who consistently helps you succeed? When was the last time you thanked them?
(For the record, I liked “That Thing You Do.”)