Teamwork and Thanksgiving

teamworkTeamwork! This definition means quite a bit – the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. I am sure that every Thanksgiving we get to see this in its greatest form.

When I look at how our holiday dinner events come together, it can only be from teamwork. I can see in the kitchen that there is no less than 6 or 7 people cooking items, assembling items, plating, setting the buffet, pouring milk, setting the table and so much more. Everyone just jumps in to do their part, each and every year.

Why, you might ask? I can tell you that the entire crowd in attendance is looking forward to the end result – DINNER TIME! If only the real working world would work like this. Everyone doing their part to get to the end result that makes everyone happy.

You would have happy employees, happy suppliers and most importantly happy customers. Teamwork can be infectious and done time and time again can only lead to a culture of teamwork.  A statistic states that 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures. It only seems logical to focus on teamwork to improve a multitude of things.

Next time you are trying to explain improving teamwork in your organization just look to that Thanksgiving dinner as the reference point.

What Are You Grateful For……

grateful_scrabbleIt’s Thanksgiving morning and I started thinking about the day and what it is about and what it means to me. Sometimes we lose sight of the holiday – maybe it’s about the food, the football, Christmas shopping today or planning the assault on Black Friday, is it family, friends, or a host of other thoughts that may cross your mind.

A word that came to mind for me was grateful. By definition it is – warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful. I think that we need to be much more appreciative of what we have, who we have around us and those that support us. Those that support us could be friends, co-workers, first responders, our military and I am sure there are people that support us that we are not even aware of.

So today, tomorrow and the day after that keep in mind, what are you grateful for? Think about ways that you can provide kindness and benefits to those around you. It’s the give to get strategy. Every day be thankful for what you have. I began thinking about my family, my friends, work relationships, customers and much more.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! I know I will as I have the turkey and dressing working. Planning on spending some quality time today with family.