Walmart was selling what I believe to be a genius idea: half of a pumpkin pie combined with half of a pecan pie. Instead of forcing people to choose one over the other – or to buy two pies – they made it easy to have it both ways.

Use that split pie as a metaphor for your holiday conversations. Politics has added a new layer of tension to family gatherings, but instead of arguing over who is right or which is best, find a way to accommodate both flavors. You can allow the two different sides to coexist without a unanimous point of view. Try to compromise enough to allow everyone to enjoy their holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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