I have a drawer full of them: Thank you cards. I love to visit another country or city and bring a new box of thank you cards home. I do admit that I have the tendency to go overboard because this drawer doesn’t close anymore.

But the real problem is of course is not my buying too many cards – although my husband might disagree. The real problem is that I still don’t write enough thank you cards.

I could learn something from Joseph Plumeri, the ex- chairman of insurance broker, Willis Group Holdings. He spent about 25 percent of his workday thanking people by phone or handwritten cards.

I don’t come even close.

I just don’t make enough time for it. I know that it is very important. It is obviously important for the people who get thanked but also for myself because …

• Acknowledgement helps you take a step back.

Work situations make you think, be busy, and plan the future. Acknowledgement requires taking a step back and noticing what’s happening around you. It forces you to connect to the present moment. It’s like waking up from a dream that took you to the past or in the future. When you are really present you can notice and acknowledge what’s around you. You listen differently, you connect differently, you engage differently, you lead differently.

• Makes you become aware of all these little things.

An acknowledgement focus brings awareness to all those little things that you don’t notice most of the time. The employee who brings in coffee for other employees; the employee who has worked for the organization for 23 years and never missed one staff meeting; the employee who always shovels the snow off the stairs of the employee entrance. Those “little” things are crucial parts of the culture of your organization. If you start acknowledging more, you become aware of what’s already there. It’s only waiting for you to see it.

• Acknowledgement validates.

Acknowledgement can be a great vehicle for cultural change. Every time you acknowledge, you express, “Yes, that’s what I like. Keep on doing that.” Instead of focusing on what needs to be improved, you pay attention to what is going really well.

So, why do I – and many other people with me – not acknowledge as often as we should?

My answer is that I just don’t take enough time for it. It almost seems that when I’m prioritizing my To-Do’s, acknowledgement notes don’t get the high ranking they deserve. Something that I will change. Right now! I hope you will join me.