“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams
Tis the season… Since Thanksgiving, Christmas music has been playing everywhere. In stores, in elevators, on the radio, and often it’s playing 24/7. Sales abound and every commercial on TV and the radio talks of the number of days until Christmas and, of course, the awesome Christmas sales. Time is running out with Christmas in just three days. Everyone is focusing on Christmas shopping. We all want to make sure we get each person on our list that special present. All this has gotten me thinking. Perhaps we don’t need to look any farther than ourselves to find something worthwhile giving. Our time…
Something else became apparent to me after listening to two of the old standards of Christmas, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. Seems to me Rudolph has a self-esteem problem. He relies on the validation of others (Santa and the other reindeer) for his value. Not until they recognize the significance of his red nose does he join in any reindeer games. Frosty, on the other hand, sees the writing on the wall. He knows the sun is hot that day so he makes the most of the time he has. Frosty exercises a little carpe diem and heads to town to play with the children.
Perhaps the best gift we can give is of ourselves, the present of our presence. Moreover, we should appreciate what value others and we bring to our workplace and our lives.
Leaders bring value by recognizing it in others and helping them recognize it in themselves. This Christmas and in the future, take time with family, friends and employees. Encourage them to recognize the value and gifts they have so they can seize each day.
Happy Holidays to you, your families and your employees from Mustard Seed Solutions!
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