I love this time of year. Just being outside to see the leaves and feel the
colder, thinner air. Enjoying the warmer days where I am satisfied with a
harvest salad, and the colder nights when I can experiment with making a
yummy soup. At StarCIO, some of our work with clients and speaking at
conferences slow down, and it gives me time to lift my head and spirits.
I started a tradition a couple of years ago when I posted
five reasons for CIO to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
and followed it up last year with
five special activities for the best remote Thanksgiving. Several years ago, I shared a
CIO top ten guide to preparing a Thanksgiving feast.
It didn’t take me long to conclude that this year’s post should cover how
digital transformation leaders should take extra steps to thank their teams
this holiday season. I am hoping we’re closing a two-year chapter – going
from lockdown/remote to hybrid working, from crisis to survivability to
digital transformation 2.0. (Look for that post soon!)
Our teams have been there along the way – from the service desks helping
people transition to remote work, our data scientists identifying supply
chain risks, our developers accelerating cloud migrations, and our product
managers for sharing the evolving customer needs.
So here are five suggestions on how you might thank your teams.
Sponsor a Hybrid Work Pot-luck Lunch
Back when I was CIO at McGraw Hill Construction (now Dodge Data and
Analytics), my team hosted a Happy Diwali potluck lunch at this time of
year. Samosa, curries, and biryanis sat side by side with American favorites
such as sweet potato pies and green beans. It was a big event, and my team
leaders invited their colleagues from sister McGraw Hill businesses. The
event took over the cafeteria.
It may be a little more challenging to organize a hybrid pot lock lunch, but
it’s not impossible. Be creative! Maybe some of the people working remotely
but living near each other can pod together for the event. Ask people to
share their recipes and build a scrapbook of everyone’s photos.
Share and Discuss Your Favorite 2021 Books
One way to foster a learning and collaborative culture is to share great
books and discuss key insights. I do this every year on my blog, and you can
see review my favorite
books from 2020, others
from 2019, and my top books on
digital transformation storytelling.
My 2021 list is coming out soon, but you will definitely see these books on
Create a Health and Giving Challenge
Zoomless and No Meeting Fridays
Want to reduce stress and increase innovation, learning, and creativity? If
your organization can slow down this holiday season – and even if you’re in
retail and it’s a peak business period – there’s no better time to find ways
to simplify work for everyone.
Creating a Zoomless and no meeting Friday, or another day of the week, is
one way to give back to employees that may be tired and worn out from all
the screen time. Also, consider my other suggestions from an earlier post on
three really simple activities to reduce stress in hybrid work teams.
Reset Priorities to A Few Meaningful Goals
If you want to take destressing activities one step further, then attack
stress’ root cause in your people and the drivers of digital transformation.
The pressure almost always starts with having too many ill-defined
Want to make everyone’s lives easier and hit your goals? Provide clear and a
reasonable number of priorities. One way you can do this is with the free
StarCIO Vision Statements.
Lastly, Just Say Thank You!
Seriously, the easiest thing you can do is say thank you to every person on
your team. Make sure everyone knows you are thankful for their efforts!
Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you, Michele, Jay, Mitch, Ginny, David, Anshul,