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The Best 3 Gifts You Can Give

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Here are three (completely free) ways to bring back the holiday cheer. Use them today and make it a plan for 2013!

The horrible events in the quaint and quiet community of Newton, Connecticut last week have been weighing heavy on everyone's mind. It made a particularly powerful impact on my family, as we have a first grader the same age as many of the children lost. My wife, an educator herself, has been moved by the heroic stories of the faculty and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary, whose courageous and calm actions in the face of this unspeakable violence saved the lives of many more children.

Today, we are sending humble notes of encouragement to the families in Connecticut. We realize that with the outpouring of support our words may never be read. Regardless, we know how much we would appreciate such a gesture, so we're just doing something we feel is right.

So this got me thinking.

I've spent the past couple of columns talking about sending corporate greeting cards and managing corporate gift giving, all in an effort to maximize the return on your marketing investment. What I overlooked completely and failed to mention were the little investments you can and should make this year (as well as throughout next) that will have an invaluable and immeasurable impact on those who receive them. The best part of these investments? They cost nothing.

So, this holiday season, remember to generously give ...
Compliments

When I was young and just starting my career, a manager told me that he had great respect for my work ethic and that he felt I had potential in the company. I still remember the conversation indelibly. His compliment actually encouraged me to turn down head-hunting calls for the next few years as I was promoted through the organization. This one compliment had me hooked and motivated and taught me how inspiring and impactful a well-placed and well-timed compliment can be.
Credit

One of the flattering characteristics many of my role models had was their ability and willingness to dole out way more credit than they received. Even if an idea or accomplishment was theirs, credit was always given to the team or another specific individual. This was a great motivator for me. Even now, as a business owner, I realize that every good idea or strategy is the culmination of many people's efforts and more than likely spawned from inspiration outside my network. Give someone a little credit for a job or an accomplishment, even if it's not completely deserved, and your next big idea may actually come from them.
Courage

In times of stress, people look toward stability. Today, the economy is rocky, the fiscal cliff has everyone on pins and needles, and the terrible events at Sandy Hook Elementary have us questioning the society in which we live. This is the time for leaders to take the stress upon their shoulders and say simply...everything is going to be okay. Whether it's your employees, your friends, or your family, there has never been a more important time to be the rock.

This holiday season will most likely be remembered for the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary school. It's inevitable. We can, however, do our best as a community to ease the pain and bring a little happiness back through simple and selfless words. Try it this holiday season, and then make it your goal in 2013!

If you have an inspiring story, please share with everyone in the comments below. We all could use the distraction!

Author Credit:
Peter Gasca is the co-founder of WildCreations.com and Jumpoff.co, companies that focus on kid-related products and support kid entrepreneurs. @wildcreations18

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I firmly believe, it is not the item given. It is the honor and respect conveyed. A close inner circle friend can "throw" a gift at you conveying a feeling of less than important. Yet, a distant acquaintances can give to you a present or card conveying respect and value of your existence. Which individual imparted honor and respect? Which of these people said through their action, "You are important?"

 

This holiday season may we not only convey honor and respect in what we give but also, in how we give. We all want to realize our intrinsic value, let's demonstrate importance to one another in our words and actions.

 

 

 
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The Image Works  Corporation  Welcome! The Image Works Corporation Story It was my desire to follow in my Grandfather’s footsteps as a Business Leader; thus, I chartered The Image Works Corp. on July 15, 2005. Alicia J. Alexander is the President/Owner of  The Image Works Corporation.  The Image Works Corporation is a Full Faith "Truth" Media Communications Agency. The  photo credit is from Providence College, Providence, RI, where Alicia J. Alexander is Alumnae, Class of 2002.

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Moafee and DragonOK APT groups leverage similar attack tools, techniques

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FireEye investigated the production line approach taken up by various APT groups infiltrating organizations.
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LinkedIn Workshop: LinkedIn Groups

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With over 1.9 million groups on LinkedIn, how do you know where to start?
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Sophia Wushanley | What's so special about leadership? - The Daily Pennsylvanian

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O n e th ing you can count on being asked in an interview for almost anything is what leadership means to you.
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Netropolitan Is an 'Online Country Club' for Wealthy Web Surfers

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Tired of bumping elbows online with normal everyday non-rich folk? The new Netropolitan social network aims to keep out the riffraff with an exorbitant entrance fee.
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Social Media Travel Assistants Latest Offering for Luxury Vacations - ABC News

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The Image Works Blog

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Happy Thursday, August 21, 2014. The Kingdom of His Dear Son experience . God is Love… Glorious Perfect Love.

As in Psalm 23:5, God loves us so much that He prepares a banquet table for us to richly enjoy the riches of His glorious morsels with The I AM Family. And, when another spirit is determined to hurt you, God has a guard up to protect you. God loves you for all Eternity because God is Love... Glorious Perfect Love.

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Virginia football standout Anthony Harris returns to mentor Quin Blanding - Washington Post

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — Their relationship began with text messages.
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Franklin Square Capital Chats With LCD About BDCs, Record Leverage Levels - Forbes

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Michael J Fox charity turns to tech

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The Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel have teamed up to equip Parkinson's patients with wearable sensors to help monitor the disease.
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Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as 'step forward' - azcentral.com

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azcentral.com Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as 'step forward' azcentral.com President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as "a promising step forward" Monday amid a political and security crisis in Baghdad, saying the only lasting...
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Basis leadership chart revamped - Arizona Daily Sun

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The leadership chart at Basis Flagstaff looked a little different as students came back to class this week.
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How Different Cultures Perceive Effective Leadership

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Cultural differences matter in leadership and the most effective leaders embrace them.
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The Image Works Blog

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Jesus, we believe The Word, Jesus, we believe The Blessing, Jesus, we believe The Covenant "Genesis1:1 through Revelation22:21" is God's Logos and God's Rhemah that God is Love... Glorious Perfect Love that maketh me, keepeth me, sustaineth me and definitely, loveth me.

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Be empowered to #Prosper: #Faith plus Love yields “The Greater Works.”

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Visual Content: The Key to Effective Brand Storytelling

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A majority of people are visual learners. They love visual content, and the more enriching it is, the deeper and more lasting the impression your content makes. Find out more about why visual conte...
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5 Ways To Boost Your Leadership Impact From Afar - Forbes

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In the ever-growing global market where a personal connection with employees grows more and more challenging every day, the ability for leaders to influence others becomes more challenging.
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Superman style leaders are alienating women: why can't we solve this? - The Guardian

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The service started nearly an hour late to accommodate the crowds. The Rev. Peter Muha, of Our Lady of Consolation Church in Merrillville, presided.
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The Twitter tool that doesn’t suck.
If you read my recent article about social media strategy or Susanna’s recent article on how to grow followers, then you know that...
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Seven Reasons Not Having A Mentor Is Costing You Money - Forbes

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Say two competing entrepreneurs go head to head. Assume they have the same advantages and resources, except access to mentorship opportunities.
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Moe's Southwest Grill gets go ahead in Mentor - News-Herald.com

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Mentor Planning Commission has unanimously approved a reimaging proposal for Moe's Southwest Grill on the city's east side. Plans, reviewed by the commission Aug.
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Couture wins another title, this time with Earsley - Worcester Telegram

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"Winning this tournament feels great," said the 66-year-old Earsley, who met Couture when they were members at Bear Lakes CC in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Why good leaders make you feel safe

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Family Leadership Summit brings polarizing message to Iowa - DesMoinesRegister.com

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Advent moves forward in Latin America with new leadership structure: UPDATED - Thomson Reuters' peHUB (press release)

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