I love the holidays…just love em. Usually my spirits are pretty high, but the holiday season kinda takes them to a new level. Since today is Halloween, and in my eyes the first official day of the holiday season, I figured it was time to celebrate!
A Time to Come Together
The season has a special way of bringing everyone together. These staples in our culture give us time to see and celebrate all the wonderful people in our lives, and have fun doing things you would not normally do; like eat candy, decorate the house, cook a big meal, or hang out with your brother in law. Personally, I can’t wait to see my family over Thanksgiving, go out with my best college gals for Halloween, or make silly Christmas cards for all my friends.
These things have a special, unexplained, spirit behind them and they are part of what makes up our culture.
Strong Leaders Build Ethos
Setting aside time for these goofy, but fun, activities are important in any organization. It builds ethos, establishes credibility, creates trust, and builds rapport. Strong culture caters to the basic human need for belongingness and acceptance, and keeps us coming back for more. By creating a rock solid foundation you can begin to attract people who have the same beliefs and values as you do to your organization.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller “
So take the time to appreciate your business partners, friends, and family. Give em a piece of candy, dress up with them, and take the time to create memories. You have no idea how these little things can make such a huge difference.
Delivering Happiness, a book by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, can give some good information and inspiration on building a strong organizational culture.
Wishing you all the success you will allow yourselves to have!
P.S. If you are scrooge and hate the holidays, let me know why! I am interested to hear from you.