The Greatest Gift is…

The greatest gift of all – your presence.

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Are you already feeling some stress at the very thought of the upcoming holiday season?  If so, you are not alone. And, it doesn’t have to be that way!

Instead of being overwhelmed or exhausted by the many demands of the holidays, take a different approach—one that involves involving more “being” and less “doing.”

According to research* from Harvard University, you are happier when you are present, and the ones you are with experience a greater sense of wellbeing.  When we are not centered in the present moment our minds are torn between two worlds – the past and the future.  Don’t get me wrong, there are times to reminisce and/or daydream, but when we habitually are thinking of something other than what we are doing, life can pass you by.  That is why we must stay focused on our presence in the present.

Develop the mental fitness to let go of distractions and overcome the mind’s natural tendency to wonder.  Don’t let a long to-do list of the holiday season distract you from what really counts.  Be present when talking with family and friends.  Be present when working with your JFC team.  Be here now and be fully present!

Challenge yourself to be in the moment.  As you do, you will surely be home for the holidays, and your family and friends will receive the greatest gift of all – your presence.

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.  Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

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What makes the most successful teams truly tick?

Many of the best teams – the ones that deliver results, wow customers, and always hit their goal – share a few key traits:

  1. They share a common promise for a customer.
  2. They coordinate action to fulfill that promise.
  3. They take care of each other.
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When each team member understands their role in the big picture, great things happen.  They share a common promise, meaning there is unified agreement on the objectives and how each individual brings a unique set of skills to the mission at hand.

Teams coordinate to fulfill a promise always looking toward the end goal.  When they have healthy relationships consisting of high-quality interaction, characterized by trust, open communication, and a willingness to embrace “constructive” conflict – they become great.  These teams willingly assume and embrace both personal and shared responsibility for fulfilling their common promise.

They take care of each other – the environment is supportive, open, and expressive.  Make no mistake, successful teams don’t agree on everything.  When disagreements arise, they tackle them in a respectful and constructive way, with appreciation for the ideas, skills, and perceptions of their team members.

In our professional life teamwork plays a vital role.  We engage with and depend on others to accomplish virtually every task.  Don’t leave it to chance, follow the formula above (the three traits) and be part of a great team!

What will you personally do to help improve your team for the better?

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