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  • A Supervisor’s Thanksgiving***

    During my career I have had the honor to supervise a great number of wonderful individuals.  They have hailed from around the globe: Europe, Oceania, The Americas, Asia and Africa.  They made the job of supervision easy.  Let me share the things I was thankful for as a supervisor.

    I greatly appreciated that the staff were:

    • Dedicated to learning and continuous improvement
    • Put aside differences and focused on the task at hand
    • Rolled up their sleeves and did whatever needed to be done even though it was not in their job description
    • Readily shared what was on their mind even though it might conflict with something I or another team member said
    • Brought solutions forward instead of whining about things they did not like
    • Understood that change is a natural part of the world and workplace and therefore worked to ensure the success of any given change
    • Trusted each other to do what they said they would do
    • Kept current regarding the latest technology changes in their respective fields
    • Had a well-established network with individuals in other functions and external companies
    • Had a good sense of humor and always had fun at work

    The reason I enjoyed my supervisory positions were the wonderful individuals that comprised each team.  I feel extremely lucky and thankful to have had the opportunity to work with a lot of talented and dedicated people.  No doubt during your career you have worked with “dream teams”.   Tell me a little bit about what made the teams great.


    *** For readers outside of the USA and Canada: Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada, with several other places around the world observing similar celebrations. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United Stated and on the second Monday of October in Canada.  Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious traditions, but today is celebrated in a more secular manner, typically with family.

    In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly traced to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest.

    The origin of the first Canadian Thanksgiving is often traced back to 1578 and the explorer Martin Frobisher.  Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern-passage to the Pacific Ocean, held his Thanksgiving celebration not for harvest but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England through the perils of storms and icebergs. Sometimes, the origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are traced to the French settlers who came to New France with explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests. (Source:  Wikipedia)

    Published on November 23, 2012 · Filed under: Finance;
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