Giving Gifts vs. Being A Gift

Leadership, LOD, relationships
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Thanksgiving, leading into Black Friday, and on towards Christmas is the most commercialized and materialistic time period in my culture. Although I resisted the urge to take advantage of those super “too good to be true” deals on Thanksgiving night, I did spend some time shopping on Friday.

I also spent a lot of time with family this past week reflecting on what we are grateful for, and nurturing relationships that sustain us far beyond the material things. What I realized is that giving that perfect gift is great, but being a gift to my family, friends, and co-workers is so much more important. Do you want to be a gift to those around you this holiday season?

Do more of…

  • Affirming the positive qualities in others
  • Listening, asking curious questions, and showing interest in others
  • Making promises and keeping them
  • Sharing what’s really on your heart; joys, fears, aspirations, dreams
  • Being vulnerable and transparent
  • Being still, being present

Do less of…

  • Talking about yourself
  • Waiting for others to stop talking so you can talk more about yourself
  • Noticing what’s missing or what’s wrong
  • Being late, being rushed, being distracted
  • Worrying about everything being just right
  • Worrying about what others think

Here’s a great Ted Talk by Simon Sinek on how great leaders create environments where people feel safe.

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