Brief Thoughts for a Short Week


Brief thoughts for a gratefully short week:

First, give thanks at work.  Write ‘em up on the flipcharts, on the whiteboards, on the bulletin boards, on agendas and emails.  Giving thanks is right and it also generates positive energy we all need down the stretch.  We would neither have fun nor results if it weren’t for those with whom we work.  What better week is there to tell them how grateful we are?

Second, from here til the new year, focus on the essentials.  The days are getting short – literally and figuratively.  There’s the year-end madness for many (e.g., the lawyers and accountants and CFO’s trying to bring in all those receivables), and there’s those parties that sometimes feel more like obligations than opportunities.  Too much to do.  So, try to work a little smarter instead of just harder.  Politely say no to people.  Let go of non-essential work.

Maybe most important during this season:  fight the temptation to put too much on your plate!

Have a sweet, short and successful week as you

Lead with your best self,


p.s.  Our country’s leadership is a priority for all of us.  Read the guest blog from Robert Fritz, author of The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to become the creative force in your own life, at my new blogsite

  • You are so right about giving thanks to co-workers — especially in Michigan, but also nationally as people today are asked to do more with less — in all organizations. If you’d like to do it electronically and have fun doing it, a great place to send a fun “thanks” e-card is at
    Disclaimer: This is a site designed and hosted by my employer whom I will not plug here. It is free, it is fast, it requires NO login, it collects NO user information. It is specifically designed to provide a forum to say “thanks” within organizations, so it is business appropriate, but still fun and creative. Have fun and brighten someone’s day.
    Lastly, give thanks to the Thanksgiving cooks by cleaning up for them. Gracious guests lead with, and leave with…dish-pan hands.

  • Thanks for reminding us not to put too much on our plate – and it occurs to me that this advice works both for the excess food of the holiday season, but also the excess work that no one person can possibly accomplish. It’s a great time of year to be kind to ourself and pay attention to the important things – family, friends, faith and health.

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