Holiday Gifts: The Struggle is Real

Holiday Gifts: The Struggle is Real

The holidays. A fabulous time of festivities, cheer, and well – holiday presents for your Direct Reports.

Shopping for your DR’s can be tricky. How do you get them something that shows you care and appreciate them, but not break the bank?

ESPECIALLY for those who you’ve worked with for a while (they do very much appreciate that Starbucks gift card, but really- 5 years in a row?!).

We put together a list of resources that should get your holiday-shopping juices flowing – organized by the types of personalities you work with.

Is their coveted desk display a signed John Elway picture? This sports lover would love an NFL blanket (it’s the best way to watch sports games at home):

http://www.fanatics.com/NFL_Blankets

Do they always give thoughtful but funky gifts for the Secret Santa at work? This place is great for the person who likes those things you can never find in the store:

http://www.uncommongoods.com

Do you feel like you’ve stepped into a Restoration Hardware catalog when you walk past their pod? For the decorator, this site could be a cool option:

https://shop.magnoliahomes.net/collections/decorate

Is their favorite out-of-work activity to head to the spa? Try candles with a totally different flare:

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/category/candles/home-candle.jsp#/

When they plan a happy hour, does it tend to ere on the side of a fun, relaxed wine bar? Why not get them what they love?

www.winelibrary.com

Do they come back from vaca pumped about their service trip they just went on? Try this website allows you to give money to a cause and then track the progress it is making:

https://www.globalgiving.org/gifts/

Check these out and see if you can find something interesting. And, be sure to let us in on your great holiday gift ideas too!

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Your Team is Great… How Do You Let Them Know?

I Appreciate you!

Pressure. Deadlines. Meetings. More meetings. New ideas. Client calls. The list goes on.

Your team works so hard, pushes through all of it with a smile (well, most of the time!), and continues to perform fabulously.

In the craziness of the business, it’s hard to find the time to tell your team more than “great work!”. We have Coach Kathryn Haber with us this week, giving some tips on how to show your team you appreciate them.

Here what Kathryn has to say:

Kathryn HaberI show appreciation for my team by getting to know each person on my team as people. I know their styles – perhaps their Myers Briggs (tag site) and their Top 5 Strengths from the StrengthFinder (tag site) – and leverage this information in working with them.  

 

I know how they prefer to communicate and try to adjust my style accordingly. I celebrate our [my team’s] successes and am understanding of mistakes – we are all human.

 

We will learn from our mistakes and do better next time. 

 

I make sure we have frequent team meetings and 1:1 meetings and set clear expectations. I ask about their aspirations and provide them with opportunities to be successful. I remove roadblocks for them. 

 

We get together quarterly for team building and work session meetings. We get together out of the office quarterly, too. 

 

I give my team members the benefit of the doubt because I know them as people and know their intentions. I advocate for my team in other parts of the organization. 

 

Lastly, I tell them frequently that I appreciate them, individually and as a team.  I give them specific, concrete examples of their success and the impact they have had on the team and the business.  In addition, I ensure that our team members have the opportunity to share feedback with one another.  We all have development plans in place to help us be better professionals and team members.  As a result, we all improve our effectiveness and this ultimately betters the business.

Wow, Kathryn! I feel inspired just by hearing what you do! Don’t you?

We’d suggest you choose one of these things to start with!

So, what are you going to do this week to inspire your team?