Thanksgiving story on Successful Managers

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on November 28, 2018

in Tribute,United States of America

In case you missed this story from the WSJ on November 25:

By year two, as William Bradford’s long-odds startup finally stepped back from the brink of oblivion, he decided to hold a mandatory, three-hour staff meeting.

This wasn’t a party, an operational review or hackathon. The only item on the boss’s agenda that morning was to oversee a collective expression of gratitude, or as he termed it, “thanksgiving.”

Bradford, of course, was the governor of the Plymouth Colony, a poorly financed agricultural venture run by English separatists that gave birth to a fairly successful economic enterprise called America.

This meeting, held in 1623, was the colony’s first declared thanksgiving but there’s no record of anyone stuffing a turkey—this day was devoted to prayer. The Thanksgiving holiday’s traditional dinner commemorates a feast the colonists shared two years earlier, in 1621, with 90 Wampanoag tribesmen.

Deep down, however, beneath the trappings of food, family and often-forgettable football games, Thanksgiving is really a management story. It’s a case study in how extraordinary leaders build happy, productive teams.”

Click on the link to read the full story.

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