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The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. –Max De Pree

Where would I be in my career without all of the many people who have made it possible. As we approach Thanksgiving this week, I would be remiss not to send a call out to the many people I have interacted and served with over the past 20+ years … so without further delay, I am thankful for ….


The manunnamedy companies & bosses who have given me the opportunity
  • The awesome successes … as well as the failures
  • The mentors and comrades who have walked with me during those successes and failures
  • The executives who believed in me and were willing to champion the vision I presented
  • The executives who challenged my premises, causing me to rethink and come back stronger
  • The architects and engineers with whom I have brainstormed & orchestrated
  • The sales leaders with whom I have collaborated & combated
  • The marketing teams with whom I have dreamed with & created
  • My colleagues and team members who have sharpened me as iron sharpens iron

And in the spirit of acknowledging others beyond this Thanksgiving, I found this interesting post called Take the Thanksgiving Leadership Challenge.  The premise is this … take up the challenge to give your true and sincere thanks to someone who deserves it at least once a week for the next year. Are you up for it?

Happy Thanksgiving to all!