A message to make you smile at Christmas…

2013 has been a great year for me – and I hope it’s been just as good for you too.  Here’s to an even more successful 2014, developing your talent and achieving business success.

If you’re anything like me the last few weeks will have been hectically busy as you balance developing your talent, the demands of work – and shopping – and (hopefully) celebrations.

So here is a quick thought for you in the run up to Christmas.

Most, if not all, of the leaders I have worked with this year have struggled with managing their workload and doing everything they want to do.  In my experience, talented individuals carry a long list in their heads (or on paper or a smartphone!) of every task they want to complete to do the best job possible.

It’s tough when you’re in a leadership role and have significant responsibilities in your job.  The temptation is to work every hour you can find.  And you do it for good reasons.

But, unfortunately time is limited.

And that becomes even more apparent when you add in the extra work involved in preparing for the biggest family event of the year.

So, in the run up to Christmas I give you the same advice I’m giving to myself.  What’s the LEAST you need to do to keep work on an even keel and get ready for a great Christmas?

Let’s remember what’s really important to us – our health, our families and those we love. And sometimes, the greatest gift we can give our family and friends is just more time with them, relaxing and having fun.

This year, I intend to close my office door on 20 December 2013 and forget all about work until.  You may not be taking so much time out but whatever break you do take please make it count.  Switch off from work and focus instead on you and your loved ones so you can start the new year refreshed and full of energy for the year ahead.

I wish you a holiday that is full of fun and laughter.  And with that in mind I hope this Christmas message will make you smile.

Merry Christmas!

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