Holiday Priorities

Some managers hate Christmas...I'm serious. The company holiday party, staff rushing to kid's school programs, and the inevitable "I need to leave a little early today." Face it; we all get a bit distracted this time of the year. So, what does a lasting leader do?

December is the month that demands priorities. If your business is at the retail customer level then you already know what you need to do. But for all of us, it is important to pay attention to 3 things.

First, what absolutely has to get done before the end of the year? Make it a priority in the first two weeks of December because the last two are almost a "wash". 

Second, huddle your team early in the month and get on the table who might have a schedule or work challenge. The earlier you face it then the less frustrating it will be when it happens.

Third, make sure as the manager, this month of all months, that you let each of your associates know how much you appreciate them. For a lot of people this is not a joyous time of year. Their family is not together or is maybe even fractured. All of the faux family time that is blasting from the radio doesn't help them. As their leader, you can strengthen your relationship by strengthening their confidence in you. 

It all starts with paying attention to them and letting them know specifically what it is you appreciate.


Posted on December 5, 2014 .