Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas and the Holidays

"Go give to the needy sweet charity's bread, for giving is living," the angel said.
"And must I be giving again and again?" My peevish, petulant answer ran.
"Oh, no," said the angel, piercing me through, 

"just give till the Master stops giving to you."-Thomas Carlyle

No man was ever honored for what he received. Honor is the reward for what he gave. 

If you give anything this Christmas holiday time before everyone goes home, make sure your people know they are valued, that their contribution has made a difference and even share a few stories you have picked that show this in a concrete way.

Enjoy managing the end of the year as much as the start, use the excitiment of the 'wind up' and deadlines to inspre and refresh the energy one last time. A littel bit of slack will reap rewards next year when you ask for that bog push, or sustiain another change, and above all else, communicate with your people.

If there is one thing I have learned and learned this year in my coaching roles, it has been the importance of communicating consistently. Most of the mistakes I have made this year have come form failing to communicate at the time it needed to be done.

What happens is that if it is a hurt or injustice, it will find it's way out as resentment and often in a distorted way that leaves everyone wondering what has happened? Has this guy lost it?

If it is a project that all of a sudden appears out of nowhere, your people wonder when the consultation  happened and why you even bothered!

I could go on, the point being that people start creating stories form the little information they have and acting out as of their story was reality an most of the time it is 90% fantasy.

So at Christmas time before the break share the love, share the good feelings, share an honest and transparent update about the year, and about your hopes for the next year, and of course let them know you care - because I know you do!

Be good to you and your loved ones -
Supporting Maori Business

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