The character trait of initiative can be defined as “recognizing the right thing and doing what needs to be done before being asked to do it,” which is what prompted Edmond’s Broadway Tag Agency owner Terri Bowles to nominate employee Cora Stamps as a Champion of Character.
“She never assumes that someone else will take care of it,” Bowles said. “She is highly motivated to take action and I’m sure there are times when she doesn’t feel like it.”
Stamps has lived in the Edmond community for about 28 years, and has worked for the tag agency for seven of those years. When asked what she attributes to her character trait of initiative, she replied, “I would say my work ethic and initiative probably came from my parents, especially my dad, who was a hard worker and showed me the value of hard work and doing the best you have to whatever job you are doing.”
Stamps knows what is regulated by the state and makes sure “we are doing it right,” Bowles added. “If someone has left something unfinished she will pick it up and finish it without complaint. This keeps the office running smoothly. She also makes sure all paperwork is checked and corrected before we send it to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. This keeps us in good graces with the state.”
Bowles added that, “Since Cora and my other employees show initiative; it is a much better workplace. Cora has set an example for everyone to help us be more efficient. Everyone has a role and rarely is there a time when everyone looks around and says ‘Who is going to take care of that?’
“Cora deserves this award,” states Bowles, “because she makes us a stronger company by creating an environment where everyone takes responsibility seriously.”
The Edmond City Council and the Character Council of Edmond recently recognized Stamps for her initiative as a “Champion of Character.”
The Character Council is a grassroots, nonprofit, organization committed to creating a community-wide initiative to build Edmond into a “Community of Character.” The group believes that the character of a nation can only be strengthened one person at a time, one community at a time.
Toward that end the Character Council of Edmond seeks to recognize residents who demonstrate character, as witnessed by those who have been affected and influenced.
TO NOMINATE an Edmond resident or area business employee as a “Champion of Character,” who exemplifies the featured character trait each month, log on to www.edmondcharacter.org/nominate or write: Champions of Character, P.O. Box 392, Edmond, OK 73083-0392.