Be Successful this Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing. From buying the perfect gift for family members to checking off tasks on your to-do list before the end of the year, it can be hectic and overwhelming. Add mandatory engagements, personal or work-related, and for some, those extra functions can be more of a burden than anything else.

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Managing the Holiday Season

So how can you “get through the holidays” in a successful way? How can you help in leading your team to navigate the craziness this time of season can bring before the close of the year? How can you prepare them, and yourself, for the new year ahead? 

By being cognizant of the fact that your team may have a lot on their plate personally and professionally. It’s impossible to know what everyone is going through, particularly during this time of year, however these four tips may make a difference for you and your team.

  1. Be supportive. Leaders should try to recognize that this may be a challenging time for their team. By being supportive and understanding of this by extending deadlines, for example, may show the team that you, the leader, appreciates him or her. And an appreciated team member may just be a more productive team member.
  2. Be a good listener. Listen to your team. Remember that not everyone celebrates the same holiday as you might. Take care to understand this before expecting everyone to attend a holiday party or participate in holiday work events, as this may cause undue stress and even resentment. A good leader knows to listen to both verbal and nonverbal cues and plan or make changes accordingly.
  3. Be present. While this may be your busiest time of year, be present with each and every one of your team. Take a few minutes to engage in a conversation with each member of your team and to thank them for all that they do to make you and the organization look good.
  4. Be routined. There’s a certain comfort in knowing your routine and sticking to it. During the craziness of the holidays, keep your routine going strong and take breaks when needed.
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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Being productive during the holiday season can be tough, however it is during this time of year that we set new goals for ourselves. Give yourself the gift of executive coaching to help you align those New Year’s Resolutions into the goals you can sustain throughout the year. Contact Executive Coach Deborah O’Donnell at Rodas Coaching for more information.