In my faith tradition and others, the holiday season is a time of great anticipation and preparation; a time of hope and of hopes fulfilled; a time of gifts, and a time of miracles. These are my wishes for each of us …
… that we may prepare diligently for the tasks that are before us, and that we might look forward with great eagerness and anticipation to new adventures large and small in the new year
… that we never lose heart, always keeping hope and wonder alive, and that our fondest wishes might come to fulfillment in ways we could never expect
… that we share our gifts freely with those around us; and that we might recognize, encourage, and cherish the gifts others share with us
… that we experience a world of miracles that transform us into our better selves, always.
These are my hopes and wishes for us – both professionally and personally – this holiday season. May peace and contentment be yours.
How would it affect performance and satisfaction if everyone gave themselves a gift this year?
I recently wrote about “tidying up” our HR to-do lists before the end of the year. I’d like to extend that thought today to the entire organization in a way that, if implemented, could cause a “quantum leap” in performance.
The Power of One
Even the most determined among us tend to get discouraged or overwhelmed when our “to-do” list gets too long. (I remember being a young HR person so overwhelmed with paperwork that I could measure the stack on my desk in feet rather than items!). But what if we had only one task for the rest of the year?
Of course, I’m not suggesting that we put aside all of our responsibilities and focus solely on this one thing (at which point we could expect to be unceremoniously added to the nation’s dismal unemployment numbers). Rather, what if we took our day-to-day tasks as a given, but then identified one thing that would really make a difference in our work lives (maybe our personal lives, too), and in the life of the organization, and then did that one thing?
The Manager’s Speech
What if when you walked into the office on Monday morning Continue reading