Victorio Milian almost always wakes up before me. If you know me, you know how hard that is to do, even if you’re a time zone ahead. At 4:15 or so, I fumble for my phone, raise one eyelid to check the weather and Facebook, and there he is. Every time. “Good morning, Humans!” “Born dia!” “Hola compadres!” and sometimes, just, “Morning.” Every morning.
Passing Victorio in the virtual FB hall and exchanging a brief pre-sunrise greeting is a groovy way to start my day. His little morning posts are inclusive, funny, positive, and give me a little more umph to rise from my warm, cozy bed. I go make my coffee knowing he’s doing the same. And I feel better for it, because I know he’s on my team.
Victorio gives me strength on what Robin Schooling famously calls “Red Sweater Days.” I think of him in some office, calmly and wisely working through some process review, or delivering bad news, and I both FEEL better, and DO better. Maybe I need a rubber bracelet that says, WWVD. Or maybe I just need to check in with him more often, and offer some of that strength and support he’s always lending others.
I’m lucky enough to know lots of great HR leaders. Like Victorio, they’re everything Laurie Ruettimann describes, and more. But Victorio is really one of the most unsung of all my cool HR pals. He’s today’s recipient of the Tim Sackett Day award, a sweet and funny way for HR nerds to tell other HR nerds WE SEE YOU, even if you’re not on your town’s 40 Under 40, or whatever hotlist is going around at the moment.
We see you, Victorio. We see your hustle, your long hours, your ever-growing stack of extraordinarily thoughtful writing, your speaking contracts. We see you behind that desk making a difference. And we see you modeling great leadership and friendship at work, online, and at home. Thanks for the stable, strong, sweet example you set for us, starting at 4:00 every morning. You make life better from 1500 miles away.