Thanksgiving is that special time of year where we are reminded to count our blessings. It might be cliche, but I still say it’s important. Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged in leadership because everyone is quick to point out what is going wrong, not what is going right. An attitude of thankfulness can help shift your focus from what’s wrong to what’s right.
So with that being said, here are a few things that I am thankful for this year:
- My Team – without them, I wouldn’t be a leader. I’m so thankful that they are crazy enough to be on my team. We’ve sure had some awesome times this year. I couldn’t do what I do without them. They are the BEST!
- My Colleagues – I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by some pretty amazing people who offer constant encouragement and support. Thanks, guys!
- My Family – behind every great leader is an even greater team… and I believe that the “greatest team” one can have is their family. Never forget them.
- “Eureka” Moments – the team and I have planned several major events this year. And with each big event comes big problems that require creative solutions. On a few occasions we’ve been able to come up with that one brilliant idea. And for that, I am thankful.
- My Job – it gets stressful and crazy, but at the end of the day, I absolutely love what I do. I choose to love the good, bad, and the ugly… I’m grateful for it all!
- YOU – if it weren’t for you, the reader, this blog wouldn’t be too exciting. Thanks for reading and I hope something I’ve said has encouraged you to be a more effective leader!
What are you thankful for? Leave a comment here…
The holiday season is here! Are you prepared? Here are a few things leaders should remember during the holidays.
- Communicate In Advance: The holidays are a busy time of year. Usually schedules are full with obligations in and out of the office. Email a “holiday season brief” to your team that outlines any important announcements, big projects, holiday parties, changed office hours, and so on. Also, include a short preview of what’s to come after the holidays. The season can be a hectic time, so consistent communication is key. Keep everybody on the same page.
- Absent Team Members: Many people will request time off. Some people may catch the flu. During the holiday season, there is a greater chance of having MIA team members. Have a backup plan ready to go if (or when) you are missing part of your team. Try to be sensitive to people’s scheduling requests–planning ahead can help!
- Balancing The Busyness: Holiday parties, Christmas dinners, gift exchanges, secret Santa, family gatherings, and more…. Don’t feel obligated to attend everything. Decide in advance which events are the most important and plan accordingly. As a leader, your presence may be required at some [not-so-exciting] things, so be prepared. Also, don’t get too caught up in work that you neglect to spend time with family and friends. Make sure proper priorities are in place. Enjoy the season!
- Show Some Love: Do something special for your team during the holidays. (And, no, sending everyone fruitcake doesn’t count.) Try to spread some holiday cheer by giving thoughtful gifts, a handwritten card, or maybe even a paid day off. Think outside the box.
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