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Making the Holidays Bright

Updated: Jan 25, 2023

My consulting practice revolves around helping teams thrive. And of course we know that working as a team can make the holidays bright. Here are some ways that may make the holidays more joyful for us all.

  1. Divide and conquer: By working in a team, tasks and responsibilities can be divided up among group members. This can help alleviate some of the stress of trying to do everything on your own and allow you to focus on the things that matter most to you.

  2. Share the load: The holidays often involve a lot of shopping, cooking, and other tasks that can be time-consuming and overwhelming. By working in a team, these tasks can be shared, making them more manageable and enjoyable.

  3. Help each other out: The holidays can be a tough time for some people, whether it's due to financial stress, family issues, or other problems. By working in a team, you can support and help each other through any challenges and make the holidays a little brighter for everyone.

  4. Create new traditions: Working in a team can also give you the opportunity to come up with new holiday traditions or activities that everyone can enjoy together. This can be a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the season.

Okay, in an echo of last week, I did not write the italicized portion of the blog--Open AI did. While I like to think my writing has a bit more personality and humor to it, the above is not bad and it took less than a minute to compose. You can play with the program here.

The AI ability of this program is scary as it blurs the line between human and machine more explicitly (scarily) than I have ever experienced.

After seeing Open AI, I began to deeply ponder what makes us human and distinguishes us from machines. I think one of those qualities is the ability to care about and love others. (I don’t think my AI friend has any investment in the advantages of holiday collaboration despite its essay.) Perhaps as we realize the special place of love and care plays in our humanity, we will strive to become more loving and caring.

And that would be the best holiday gift of all.


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