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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(Im) Perfect

I know, I know… just the title makes you cringe.

And, if I’m honest, it makes me cringe too. You mean something may not be perfect? Not on my watch!

What have you done to make sure that it is true? Everything. Literally… everything.

And, how do you feel? Overworked. Stressed. Exhausted. The list goes on.

We heard from Trish Brooks, a couple of weeks ago about the concept that “we don’t delegate because of a fear that the employee may not meet our (sometimes perfectionist) standards.”

So, Trish, how would you recommend working past this fear?

First, connect with a time when you were given the responsibility for a project that was slightly over your head.

Think about how great the learning was, how engaged you were, how grateful you were for the trust of your boss.

Remember that you were successful!

Are you willing to give that same gift to your employees?

Your role as a people leader is to lead the people first (not the product – the product work will be good if you lead the people).

Developing people is a huge part of your role; one of the most important parts!

Take a moment to let those last two lines sink in… maybe even read them one more time.

When we think about delegating a task in terms of giving the gift of developing the people around us, it creates different perspective.

Choose one direct report who you would like to begin (or continue!) developing.

Now, look at your workload and choose one task that you can [deep breath] delegate to that person.