Thanksgiving is next week. I am busy, like many of you, getting ready to spend much of next Thursday cooking, watching football, and spending time with my family. It's a special time of the year where we remember to give thanks for all that we have; that includes our family, friends, and the careers that we built. We also should not forget to be thankful for the many people we work with every day. Teams matter more than individuals. Remember that you did not get to this place in your career by yourself. You had a team and colleagues to support you, along with friends and family. Remember to give thanks to your team and recognize their contributions.
As a CIO, I continually try to promote the successes of my team and make sure that they get all the credit for their accomplishments. People want to feel valued for their accomplishments: they want to be recognized. It can be as simple as sending a congratulatory email, taking a few minutes to talk about a common interest, or writing a card on their birthday. These small actions show that you value the team around you, not just the work they produce, but as individual people.
As the IT leader, you have the opportunity to create an environment where a positive culture can emerge. That culture should be collaborative, where you succeed or fail as a team. Don't just give them the tools and resources to succeed, give them the environment.
Enjoy the holiday season and remember to give thanks, not only at home but for the people at work too. Remember that when your team succeeds, you also succeed.