Different or better

Different or Better?

Have you ever noticed the radically different approaches people take to preparing Thanksgiving dinner?

Scott might order the whole thing from a caterer just to have it done.

Jenny asks what they can bring, then shows up early with extra, and offers to help chop, cook, set the table, or watch the kids – whatever you need.

Joe loves creating a feast and schedules everything to arrive at the table precisely 60 minutes after the guests arrive – whether they’ve actually arrived or not.

And Tina relishes the conversation among friends and family, forgetting what’s in the oven. The food might be overcooked or late, but the camaraderie, wine, and laughter are fantastic.

There’s no wrong or right way to do Thanksgiving. (Although David’s on Joe’s side and I’m with Tina all the way).

People are different.

And thankfully, just like your family at Thanksgiving, the people on your team are wonderfully different, too.

However they show up, each person brings a different gift to your team.

Recognize their gifts. Help them leverage the unique magic they bring to the team.

You need them. You need all the magic you can get.

To our U.S. readers: Happy Thanksgiving!

To our readers around the world: we are thankful for you and the Let’s Grow Leaders community.

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Karin Hurt and David Dye

Karin Hurt and David Dye help human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. As CEO and President of Let’s Grow Leaders, they are known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. Karin and David are the award-winning authors of five books including, Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. David Dye is a former executive and elected official. Karin and David are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells - building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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