• Learning To Celebrate

    Celebrating.   In the summer of 1976 I landed my first real job—as a foreman in an Oscar Mayer meatpacking plant (now part of Kraft Foods). My previous jobs as a lifeguard, mowing lawns, shelving library books, and putting piers in the lake hadn’t prepared my for anything like this.

    Work started at 6 AM (a rude awakening for a college kid) with a crew of workers 25-45 years older than I was. Some of them were hired into their jobs during World War II; some were parents of high school classmates. They had forgotten more about the best ways to do things than I could ever learn in a summer.

    And, they had all learned one critical lesson—how to celebrate in the workplace.

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  • 5 Dynamite Turkey Main Dish Recipes

    gThankYou! to one and all for a fantastic reception to our posting of Turkey Burger recipes.  As you know, the gThankYou Team is a group of turkey lovers, so we’re always saving recipes from the web that strike our fancy.  Today, we’ve chosen 5 Main Dishes, All with Turkey.

    As always, more recipes are to be found at the Recipes & Free Stuff page of gThankYou.com

    Enjoy, post your comments and let us know what you think.

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  • The Psychology of Workplace Celebration

    Leaders have many roles: strategist, competitive analyst, resource-allocator, priority-setter and, of course, coach.

    We’ve always heard one of the most effective way to build and lead teams is by setting a great example.

    It’s true.

    Who cannot be impressed by all those great photos of legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, late in his career, beer in hand, fully engaged in conversation with junior high-potential GE leaders?

    There is fascinating research to support the value of the leader-as-example-setter-in-chief. The research is published by Robert Cialdini in his recently updated classic, Influence; and explored in his website, Influence at Work. (Full disclosure: I’ve long believed Dr. Cialdini’s Influence is the first text any aspiring leader or marketer should read.)

    Influence examines many of the our basic instincts and how they are used in practice by businesses to affect (influence) others’ decisions.

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  • gThankYou! Wins Award from Management Guru Tom Peters

    Our Team would like to give a hearty gThankYou! to management guru Tom Peters! We’re regular readers of Tom’s blog and work hard to make gThankYou a company that would make Tom proud. Full disclosure confession: I’ve been a huge fan since In Search of Excellence was excerpted in Business Week in 1980.

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  • 5 Fantastic Turkey Burger and Sandwich Recipes

    It’s grilling season! Here in the Upper Midwest, the floods are finally receding and the grills are coming out. Every evening I smell neighbors cooking outdoors…and it makes my mouth water.

    At gThankYou, we are turkey fanatics — and we sell a lot of Turkey Gift Certificates. So, we’re always excited when we can introduce great new recipes to our customers.

    We’ve found five recipes for turkey burgers and turkey sandwiches we think you’ll love. In a week or so, we’ll post them to our website Recipe Section where you’ll find another dozen or so turkey burgers, too.

    Enjoy!

    And be sure to post your comments along with your favorite turkey burger and sandwich recipes right here.

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  • The Power of “Thank You”

    Here at gThankYou we think celebrating in the workplace is a big deal; in fact, it’s critically important.

    Many of us spend half of our waking days at work. We must find meaning and joy and personal growth in our work. If we don’t, it’s drudgery. It is essential for leaders to create real meaning in people’s work-lives. Often leaders make it more difficult than it really is.

    OK. So what’s one easy way to bring meaning to work? Give up? It’s to say “thank you” often. Not just “thanks” or “I appreciate that”, say it forcefully, look someone in the eye and really mean it.

    Yeah, I know this is simplistic and sappy and something your mother taught you.But, the truth is this: many business leaders don’t do it.

    But Harvey Mackay does.

    Harvey Mackay is one of my favorite business gurus. He is insightful, successful, entertaining — and on target. I read his column every week.

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