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A Day of Reflection

It’s hard for me to believe that the 9/11 attacks were 22 years ago. I can still clearly recall what I was doing when I first heard about the attacks and how surreal that day and many weeks after felt as the news unfolded.

At the time, I was working in Dallas for a company headquartered in New York and I had forged close relationships with some of the people there. Here in Dallas, we were all glued to the news throughout the day, hoping and praying that the people we knew were safe. Our colleagues ended up being safe, but many individuals died that day and many others stepped forward at personal peril to do what they could to help. We owe it to them and their families to remember.

As managers and leaders in business, we take a guiding role in helping employees succeed in their tasks and help them learn and grow for future opportunities. We need to make sure we also remember that life is short and time is precious. If an employee is struggling, reach out and offer some help. When employees flourish, celebrate accomplishments with them.

Life goes by too quickly to allow drama where it can be avoided. Next time you’re frustrated by something going on at work, take a step back, take a deep breath, and determine how you can turn the frustration into something positive.

Make every effort to work with your staff as opposed to against any issues that arise. We need to find ways to work together and promote all the positivity we can get in today’s world.

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