“Family” takes on an especially deep and heartfelt meaning during the Christmas and New Year Holidays. Our first thought of family is in the context of “blood-line,” such as parents, children, grandchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
Importantly, the family context also extends to one’s “bonded-line” families, where people are bonded by such things as neighborhoods, churches, schools, hobbies, or work. Bonded-line families share names too, such as the company, the Methodists, the Sooners, or the team you work with. Caring and trust grow over the years into bonds that are almost impossible to break, sharing not only names but life’s gains and pains as well as hopes, experiences, and dreams.
“Family” in the context of work is easy to understand. True work families have bonds and trusts that run deeper than mere physical or mental bonds. Work families are bonded by hard work, change, success, failure, fun, and loss. Anything that helps one helps all. Anything that hurts one hurts all. These familes support and protect each other. Expectations for each other can become high, as can the trust. The connection goes profoundly deep to the spiritual level. Effective leaders develop healthy bonds that take work to a spiritual level, where people work to make a difference together, even overcoming differences. Special family bonds generate special relationships, and then, special contributions.
Christmas has many special meanings… love, peace, family, giving, caring. May all your “families” experience these!
…And Pass It On!
Quote from iconic American business leader Lee Iacocca: “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.”