Are You The Turkey?

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get” – Frank A. Clark
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It’s that time of year again when Americans overindulge on one single day more than they probably do any other time of the year. We also take more naps, watch a lot of football, and probably shop until we drop. Yup. It’s Thanksgiving! The holiday that turkeys hate with a passion….. 

Our colonial ancestors probably never imagined that their holiday would eventually revolve around a bird. A bird, by the way, that isn’t particularly attractive looking and looks rather menacing.  Have you really ever looked closely at a turkey? Even the name denotes something negative to us. Merriam-Webster identifies a turkey as “A stupid, foolish, inept person”. Hmmm. Remind you of anyone that you know or maybe even work with?  
In honor of Thanksgiving and the almighty turkey that you will be munching on this week, I’m sharing some turkey facts. Not only am I sharing two legged facts but turkey facts about someone that you may work with.
Are You The Turkey?
Turkey Dinner Tidbits
Co-worker Tom Turkey Tidbits
Turkey gobbling can be heard up to 1 mile away
Tom’s gossip spreads among the team and breeds distrust
Turkeys roost every night high up in the trees
Office turkeys live and breathe a silo mentality. The higher the better!
Turkeys see in color and have daylight vision 3X stronger than humans. They have horrible night vision
Your turkey cube mate fails to see (or refuses) the facts and team vision in front of her face
Turkeys will attack and peck at their own reflection (ask any turkey farmer with a shiny car)
Tom sees himself as the center of attention and wants people to “see” him
A group of turkeys is called a gang or posse
Your fellow  turkeys try to lead the gang down a slippery slope when they feel threatened or powerless
Turkey heads turn from bluish to red when they are mad. Their feathers quickly become ruffled
Need I say more? We have all seen this turkey enraged and burnt red with temper!
Wild turkeys can run up to 25 MPH and fly up to 55 MPH
Tom the turkey loves to have his ideas, and only his ideas, heard. He quickly runs away with them at the expense of the team
Turkeys were almost extinct in the 1930s
Your co-worker has a leadership style from the 1930s. The word “teamwork” is a foreign bird
Wild Turkeys are only 5-20 LBS and we fatten them up fast to eat!
The turkey in your group has a fat head and tries to tell everyone else what to do and how to do it because she’s right
Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird
Tom turkey thinks that he’s the top bird!
I remember my few encounters with turkeys of the feathered kind. Years ago I was on a garden tour and found myself on a country farm with wild flower gardens and turkeys. The turkeys were massive and stalked people as they head butted us from behind. Worse yet, they quickly discovered my car and started pecking away at the mirror and anything else shinny.
I also saw turkeys in action by my Mom’s summer cottage a few years back. The town was under a turkey attack.  A gang (literally) of wild turkeys roamed the town chasing mailmen and terrorizing anyone on foot or bikes. They would even stop traffic daring anyone to interfere. They ruled!
Unfortunately, I have also worked with turkeys, for turkeys, and even managed a few. Their behavior was wild, puzzling, and disruptive. They really did resemble our feathered friends with their actions and behaviors. There may have even been times where I might have had visions of stuffed “turkey” on the table….
Happy Thanksgiving and I hope that this year YOU aren’t the turkey!



Please, Don't Be A Turkey!

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow" - Melody Beattie

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It's turkey time again for Americans. That's on top of all the high caloric food that we all vow to resist but can't! Years ago I finally decided what bugs me about the holidays this time of year. Too many people are thankful just two months out of the year. It's probably only because many of us are"guilted" into showing our thanks or for some, pretending that they are thankful. Being grateful should be a daily occurrence for all of us. Every day we should sit back and reflect even for mere minutes what we are thankful for. Those thanks should focus NOT on the material goods that we hav, but for life, health, family, rewarding work etc.

Not only should we be thankful for all that we have in our lives, we should voice what we are thankful for to those that it really matters - our families, friends, and teams. Make a practice of thanking people every day for what they do. Tell them the impact that they have in your life and those that they are around every day. Lead by example. Show gratitude in every way that you can and it will come around to reward those that you serve.

Showing gratitude has an enormous impact. It builds trust and fosters communication. It costs nothing but means so much. Be sincere or don't bother at all - people can see through falsities. Thanking others is one of the most powerful and empowering things that you can do for people. Start today and offer up at least one thanks every day!

T - Tell them thanks
H - Hand out compliments and empowering words
A - Ask how you can help them
N - Never thank someone publicly if they are shy or scared of attention. Do it privately
K - Kinds word mean more than money to so many and have a lasting effect
S - Say it often and mean it!

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Don't forget that there are so many ways to show gratitude. It can be in person or by sending a note. It can be at the office or to someones home. How about thanking a spouse or family too ? Use your imagination. No matter how you do it, DO IT!

"Give thanks for a little and you will receive a lot" - Hansa Proverb