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What are your top five favorite movies? I won’t admit all of mine, but “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is definitely one. I’m a huge Audrey Hepburn fan.
I share this because of a book I recently read called “Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.” by Sam Wasson. The book is about the making of the movie, including the making of Audrey Hepburn as an actress.
What does this have to do with employee recognition? A letter that Hepburn wrote to Henry Mancini (the man who composed the music for the movie) is a case study in how to write a good recognition message.
Here’s the letter:
I have just seen our picture—BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S—this time with your score.