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Christmas Eve 2012: "...and the stockings were hung by the chimney with
care in hopes that St Nicholas would soon be there."

I love this poem by Clement Moore.  It was written in 1823 and is probably
more responsible for our views of Santa Claus than anything else. To me, it
speaks to the hope that not only little children have, but adults have as
well, when it comes to Santa Claus and, magically, getting presents.

I think we carry that hope through our our lives and, somehow no matter how
bad things get or what happens today, tomorrow is a whole new day, and with
it; the promise of gifts and presents.

So as you get ready to have an abbreviated business day today
or whether you are closed tomorrow or open in the afternoon, pass along the
joys of the season to your employees, customers, friends and family by
giving them some special gifts.

Give them the gifts of:

     1. Creativity - to address your thorny issues with a new face and to
promise yourself never to say, “That won’t work here.”

    2. Understanding -  of fellow employees and friends and family and that
       we all have different views of the world so let’s respect each
       other’s views.


    3. Challenges – you may not see this as a gift, but without challenges
       to meet we grow dull and listless and lose our competitive edge.


    4. Empathy – the ability to put yourself in the other person’s shoes
       (whether its employees or customers) and see the world from her
       standpoint.  You may not agree with it, but at least you’ll
       understand it better.


    5. Positive Outlook – You may be going thru some difficult times and
       feeling frustrated, angry or just demoralized.  That’s OK to feel
       those things, but eventually you have to move off the negative and
       start looking for solutions and a positive outlook will ALWAYS bring
       you better results than a negative one.


    6. Curiosity – that you continue to learn and grow and seek new
       information from sources within and outside of your industry,


Here's our quick 10 second holiday video from us to you:
http://fiverr.com/d/z5hcusfx205?b=1&utm_

What do you think?

Fred Kaplowitz can be reached @ 516 359 4874 or fredkaplowitz@gmail.com

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