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Mark P. McDonald
8 years at Gartner
24 years IT industry

Mark McDonald, Ph.D., is a former group vice president and head of research in Gartner Executive Programs. He is the co-author of The Social Organization with Anthony Bradley. Read Full Bio

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What are you thankful for?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 21, 2012  |  Comments Off

Thanksgiving is upon us.  It is a uniquely American holiday, in the sense that it remains somewhat exclusive to the U.S.. Other cultures and countries have similar holidays and festivals that are not practiced in the U.S. but the nature of Thanksgiving is part of the nature and culture of being an American.

2012 has been a tumultuous year with volatility, change, anxiety, risk and an endless bombardment of political ads and opinions. It has been a time when it’s easier to split people apart, remain selfish and look out for the individual.  Hopefully Thanksgiving is an opportunity for all of us to push the reset button, remember who we really are, who we really want to be and rededicate ourselves to that goal.

Despite all of this year’s trials and tribulations and the hard work ahead there is much to be thankful for.  Our families, our friends, our health, and our future all provide both comfort and a catalyst for change and making the world a better place.  That can easily get lost in the crush of work to finish the year end, the competition we see at work and in our daily lives, the distractions and enticements that divert our attention from who we really are an what we want to be.

I just hope and pray that this thanksgiving each of us can take some time, reflect on the year, where we are, where we want to be.  It’s a time to celebrate the good, consider the bad and understand how to move forward.   Because at the end of the day it’s our lives, our choices, our actions that make the future and that is something to be thankful for.

All the best for this Thanksgiving.

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