T’is the season to be jolly!

It's Christmas soon and everyone is very excited.  It's a time of goodwill and merriment and an excellent time to think about what we can do for others.  But do you have enough time to do that, or are you too busy getting things ready for the break?  Is this really bothering you ("Bloody Christmas again!") or are you giving yourself permission to party and have some fun, or lash out on a present or two?

The choice is yours: you can say "I hate Christmas" and be really miserable, resist it and be grumpy or you can embrace it and play Santa for your kids, buy expensive presents or take everyone to Lappland or the black forest.

The question is, what is more fun and which approach will make you happier and get you the best results?  

Christmas is about giving – and it doesn’t have to be presents.  Why not simply give something of yourself?  Thank your team for their hard work during the year, resolve an outstanding dispute or argument, get in touch with an old friend or make time available to get to know your colleagues better.

After Christmas, New Year is a time for reflecting on the past year and making commitments for the next.  Questions to ask yourself could be: What am I taking away from 2006, what was good about it, what needs improving?  Doing this will give you closure on 2006 and you will start 2007 on a high.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

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