15 Nov Why I Love Thanksgiving
I love Thanksgiving. Hands down, it is my favorite holiday of the year.
But when I think of Thanksgiving and its many stereotypes, my mind conjures up images of long lines of traffic, some awkward family conversations, and hours preparing a meal that people race through so they can catch a football game (or an afternoon nap). So, why is it that we love Thanksgiving? After all, if you look at Thanksgiving from the perspective of “what” the holiday is, no one would participate in Thanksgiving festivities based on the stereotypes of this foundational American holiday.
Despite the inconveniences of the day, Thanksgiving is such an important time for so many people. Rather than thinking of Thanksgiving from a “what” perspective, let’s look at it from a “why” perspective to understand the reasons that we love it so much.
Thanksgiving gives us a brief respite from the pace of modern life to enjoy some downtime. It affords us the opportunity to reflect on the good things that surround us. It forces us to be with those people with whom we should be closest with, but may not have the time or ability to see. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those challenges or hindrances in our lives and think about the good fortunes and great people who can help us overcome.
Applying this same way of thinking to business, why do so many businesses start with a solution without a clear tieback to a need? If we start or focus only on the what or how, we might completely miss the why. Our team at Navigate is always looking at things from the perspective of “why.” Although an answer or solution may initially be surfaced as obvious, we apply emerging practices to go beyond the easy “what/how” of solutions for our client’s biggest imperatives. We strive to get to the core of the drivers, challenges, and opportunities of our clients and, only then, create a solution that delivers the best outcomes. In other words, we take a “why” perspective rather than only focusing on the “what.”
Much like looking past Aunt Marge’s dry turkey to embrace and enjoy the holiday, everyone in our consulting practice wishes you a Thanksgiving full of joy, meaning, and appreciation (with just a little side of cranberry sauce).