Thursday, 11 November 2010


What is wrong with me this morning? The words won't flow. I think they've got stuck in the knotted muscle in my neck which is causing additional aggravation.

I want to talk about pride and triumph but the sentences don't flow and I sound like I'm reciting from a text book or being selfr-congratulatory.

Perhaps I have been approaching it all wrong and trying to be too formal. Shall I just write from the heart instead?

Tuesday night saw myself and colleagues representing Rackspace at the National Business Awards where we were finalists in two categories. I've been working for this IT Hosting company as a contractor on and off for a large part of this year and can safely say it's the best company I have ever worked for. Nowhere have I ever seen or felt such passion and excitement for a brand and what it stands for and frankly that brings out the best in me too.

I was exceptionally pleased with the entries I wrote for these awards, the teamwork involved in pulling the words (and then the finalist presentations) together and our place in the shortlist. I knew that Rackspace deserved to be in that group and I was determined to do all I could to ensure their place. It was hard work but it paid off.

We didn't win the top gongs on the night, but I came away with the strongest sense of achievement and the words of none other than our Prime Minister ringing in my ears - "Best of British".

A video message from David Cameron congratulated all of us finalists saying we were an "inspiration not only to the business community but those in government trying to support recovery".

“These awards, they really do show off the best of British...You are the doers and the grafters who will get this country back on its feet. The people who will get our economy growing again. And it’s absolutely right that we should take this moment to recognise what you do”, the Prime Minister said.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, then took to the stage and delivered the keynote speech to the room packed full of the country’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs and I was there. I was a part of it and it felt amazing!

I'm proud of Rackspace, being British and proud of myself.

In an hour's time we pause and remember others who sacrificed their lives in their pride and love of their country.


  1. Congratulations for all your hard work and recognition at the awards ceremony.

    As regards this morning. Maybe you need to stop and recharge. Perhaps take a walk (if you can), go for a drive, sing along to your favourite music or/and grab a cuppa with a friend. Or whatever takes your fancy. You'll probably find that after a break you'll be buzzing with ideas and glad to get back to it. Just an idea.

    Kat :-)

  2. I love your patriotism. This is something that is lacking in a lot of our countries these days. Nothing feels better than accomplishing something that we believe in. I am glad that you were recognized for a job well done. Congratulations Lisa!

  3. Hearty congratulations Lisa and you should toot your own horn a little, but I love the fact that you wrapped this into a tribute to your country! We are the worker bees that make the recovery of our great nations possible, and it must feel so incredible to have that fact acknowledged and celebrated this way!


  4. Hi Lisa..beautiful post...hugs and Congrats shining one! Keep sparkling!

  5. Hi Lisa! Congratulations!!!
    You know what?
    Cheryl got here before I did
    and said it better than I would.
    (high fives all around???)

  6. Congratulations!! What a wonderful achievement. You should be feeling proud and at the moment you are probably so over-whelmed that it is hard to find the words (as you mentioned) but, dear Wrightstuff, I have a feeling you won't be lost for words for long. I feel I should call you "Ma'am" and drop a curtsey!! How posh to meet the deputy PM and receive a special message from the Prime Minister. Good for you.

  7. oh super cool!
    enjoy it and make it last forever so keep on persisting


Thank you for your comments - I always love to hear what you think :)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...