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Mexican Chinelo Dancers & Family Tradition

June 30th, 2017

Last weekend, I attended the wedding of a client colleague and friend, and luckily I stayed just long enough to see the Chinelo dancers. I had no idea what a Chinelo dancer was prior to this wedding; however, they were a big hit!


Chinelos is a traditional carnival dance in the Mexican state of Morelos. The Chinelo dancers dance to a brass band — in essence it is a colorful hip hop focused on the family. It is hard not to be cheerful with the family traditions, colorful costumes, big hats and powerful music of this dance. I understand they play at festivals, weddings, funerals and rodeos. Now that reminds me of the New Orleans funeral — quite the festivity! Have you thought about the importance of family traditions and being colorful?

One tip to implement this week: 

I work with many family-owned businesses — and businesses that could learn something by creating family-type traditions, even if private equity backed or a department or facility of a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. What brings your teams together? Similar to this Chinelo dance that brings grandparents with grandchildren and many more together and passes through the generations, what sort of legacy could your team create where your team members would desire to pass it to the next generation, mentee or peer?

Why not think of something fun? Enjoying your day certainly can go a long way to creating a happy environment with happy and productive employees. How about colorful? Why not ignite the creativity within your team? Creativity and innovation can create dramatic results but they cannot be dictated. Your people must feel safe in being colorful, making mistakes and learning from them. Do they? Take a small step and find a way to add a bit of color to your day.


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Historic Importance & the Hotel del Coronado

November 28th, 2016

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I’ve been going to the Hotel del Coronado for Thanksgiving dinner the last few years — it is simply amazing! The Del is certainly a historical landmark — and has been since it was built in 1888. They do a nice job of preserving the history of the Del while also keeping it modern and attractive to guests. I love the skating rink during the holiday season as I used to competitively ice skate when I was a child, and it reminds me of my history. Here is a view from the back — anyone driving up to this masterpiece knows it from afar!

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One tip to implement this week:

What historical significance does your company have? Although I worked for a company that was part of a historical site, there aren’t too many. However, there must be something that ties your company to its founders or the town. Find out. It could be an interesting story — for you and your customers.

Who doesn’t like to stand for something important? Think about how you can bring the historical importance of your company, its founders and even long-term employees to life. What could you start today that could be the beginning of a tradition?

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How Tradition Can Be a Win for Company Culture

November 24th, 2015
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Employers can build a company culture by tapping into traditions that pull employees together through shared experiences that build cohesion and camaraderie.

Since Halloween recently passed, I’ve been thinking of the value of tradition with your people. Yesterday I went to a client that has an amazing people culture, and although the people were committed to the important session we were conducting, they all wanted to go to the Halloween pot luck at lunch. It was a fun and vast tradition – my client said that grazing started right away and lasted all day. Everyone looked forward to it, and it has become one of the few traditions that is meaningful in their culture. I have to say the food looked amazing!

This morning, I went to my hair person, and she told me that they really enjoyed having kids in costumes parade through the salon for Halloween. Next, I went to Ihop to get some multi-grain pancakes with chocolate chips, and everyone there had very cool costumes. They seemed to be really enjoying the Halloween spirit, and the customers seemed to enjoy it as well.

My Dad also got flowers for my Mom every Halloween, and so this Halloween is bittersweet since he just passed away. I liked that idea of tradition, and so the last two years, I ordered her flowers from him as he couldn’t do that anymore due to his Parkinson’s. Nice to receive flowers for over 50 years every Halloween!

These types of traditions can pull people together. We are much more likely to collaborate with those we like and trust than anyone else. Do you have any traditions at your company? Can you create one? How about in your department? Or with your group? Silly and fun traditions can yield great results. For example, one of the groups I belong to had a bowling competition, and even those who are not bowlers enjoyed the competitive spirit. Another group (a women’s professional group) really enjoyed a cooking class and bottles of wine. Who wouldn’t? I got to know several of the women much better that evening. And they found out I attended because I value relationships and like to eat!

Be creative and think of ways to start or build upon tradition. There’s no need to spend money or ask for approvals. Find something that is enjoyable and would pull people together. Ask your colleagues for ideas. You’ll be surprised how a silly Halloween costume could have folks talking for days to come….

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Labor Day Parades and the Value of Tradition 

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Labor Day Parades & the Value of Tradition

September 7th, 2015

supply chainIt is Labor Day, and I am reminded of when I was young and growing up in Schaumburg, IL. Labor Day was really exciting because there was a great parade that went right by my house on its parade route. We’d wake up early to make sure we got seats at the end of our driveway and saved seats for friends and family. We were the cool house, at least that day!

We made a day of it! My Mom and Dad made it into a fun event. A few years I was in the parade with Girl Scouts, Indian Princesses, etc. – and many years I’d watch and run after candy that was thrown from many of the floats. The candy was a big hit! It was also a signal that fall was coming which is a much bigger deal in Schaumburg than it is in CA. I was very lucky to have such a fun tradition – who knew not everyone could immerse themselves in Labor Day parades!

One tip to implement this week:

Traditions are a great way to bring people together. What traditions do you have at work? Think about what is unique about where you work or the department you work with. Can you develop a tradition if one doesn’t already exist? It doesn’t have to cost money or even much time. What could you do that would involve your entire team that might be fun for years to come? Consider this – it doesn’t have to be complicated. Bring the “right” attitude and create tradition. Come up with a silly game that creates camaraderie and supports the company or department culture. You just might have fun – and be one step closer to creating a tradition.

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