For Americans Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday because it involves eating, playing with an oblong leather air bladder, and being thankful for the blessings of friends, family and prosperity. Even with all the influx of family, it tends to be one of the least stressful holidays.
However, as risk management professionals we must be careful to not ignore the risks to a good holiday. Please share this Gartner Thanksgiving Risk-Adjusted Value Model TM with family and friends to ensure that your strategic goals and objectives for the holiday are met.
For those not in the United States (or Canada – which has the jump on us for Thanksgiving by a month), the Holiday Management process is critical to all cultures, so please feel free to adjust this index as necessary for other holidays. See the Gartner Business Risk Model for more examples.