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How Giving Thanks Can Bring Perspective At Work

By Lisa Woods (718 words)
Posted in Professional Development on November 24, 2013

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Most people look forward to Thanksgiving as the kickoff to the holiday season, the festivities and the perspective we tend to gain by being thoughtful about the blessings we have in our lives. Family and friendships, the world around us, we absorb it, we appreciate it, we see the good in each and every aspect.  The mental state we create is a choice. We choose to acknowledge the good over the bad during this time of year. Maybe this year we can choose to extend that acknowledgement to our employees, our coworkers and boss.


How Giving Thanks Can Bring Perspective At Work


What I’m talking about goes beyond wishing others a happy turkey day. Instead I challenge you to sit down, take out a pen and paper and write down the good qualities of each person in your work life. The value they bring to the team, to your efforts, to the organization. Even for those difficult personalities you encounter, search for something you can be thankful for. Maybe the results they generate for others…bottom line, it’s not about you, its about realizing that people at work bring value; choosing to acknowledge it will bring you a new perspective that sets the stage for future interactions and results going forward.


It’s up to you whether or not you share your insights verbally with the people you write about. Certainly your accolades will put a smile on their faces, but that’s not what this is all about. Recognizing the good is a mental decision that enables you to extend your capacity for professional growth. It keeps you grounded, helps you to develop a well rounded perspective that does not center around you, but gives credit to the capabilities and contributions of others.


When you see the value in others, you build trust without words. You make different choices that tend to include rather than exclude, give credit rather than demand it for yourself.  You become a better Leader, Manager, Coworker and Employee. And in the long run, giving thanks will become something you can enjoy year round. 


So this week I challenge you to take a moment before you celebrate with your friends and family and set the stage for the work environment you will come back to after the holiday.  Prepare yourself for a new perspective at work, one that you can be thankful for.


Happy Thanksgiving!




Written by Lisa WoodsPresident & CEO ManagingAmericans.com Lisa is a dynamic business leader & author, successful entrepreneur & world-class marketing strategist with more than 20 years experience leading, managing and driving growth in the corporate world. Today she provides Management & Leadership Training and Organizational Discovery Tools to help businesses succeed. Lisa utilizes her experience with integration techniques, organizational and cultural overhauls, financial turnarounds and strategic revitalization to help business leaders drive growth. Closing the gap between strategy and hierarchy through the use of effective communication skills, Lisa's techniques successfully align objectives, engage people & link strategy to execution.


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Comments (4)

Beth Armknecht Miller posted on: November 25, 2013

What a great method to use this week! I would encourage all business leaders and employees to make this part of their regular routine. How about making it monthly and not just annually!

Lisa Woods posted on: November 25, 2013

Thanks Beth, I agree!

Coach Beard posted on: November 25, 2013

A great article Lisa.

Take it a step further with a holiday gift that will benefit both you and your employees.

"The Power of Kindness"

We did this last year and were very satisfied.

All the best,

Coach & Kay Beard

Lisa Woods posted on: November 25, 2013

Great idea Coach & Kay Beard. I checked out the video link and it certainly puts things into perspective. I really like the idea of this type of holiday gift for employees.

Thanks for sharing!

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