Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
Yes, it’s basketball season, but that’s not the only reason.
Thanksgiving is pure, at least in it’s celebration.
Primarily because it isn’t diluted with the expectations of buying, or receiving, gifts.
It’s simply a time to share gratitude and appreciation for each other.
It seems to me that we need to practice thanksgiving more regularly than once a year.
Why Should We Care?
As a leader, I think it’s critical to have systems in place that allow team members to openly share their appreciation for each other. If it’s left to chance, expressing gratitude seems to fall victim to ‘I didn’t have time’ quite often.
I’m a big advocate for gratitude journals and writing down three things you are thankful for each day. It’s one of my daily routines.
I love Thankful Thursdays when our team sends a text of gratitude to three people they are thankful for, reminding them why they are grateful for them. Better than a text is a handwritten letter, of course.
However, nothing beats a face-to-face thank you. It’s awkward and awesome at the same time.
Saying “Thank You” or sharing gratitude is one of the habits Daniel Coyle identified as consistently appearing in the interactions of elite teams. I believe the reasons for this are numerous, but here are a few that standout on the teams I’ve worked with.
Here are a few systems we have in place to say “Thank You”.
Saying ‘Thank you’ is one of those Slight Edge habits that Jeff Olson writes about in his book. They’re easy to do and easy not to do. Choosing to do it can change your team.
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