Start The New Year With The Gift Of Your Presence

Start The New Year With The Gift Of Your Presence February 3, 2011

The new year has begun and many of us have spent the last several weeks searching for appropriate gifts to give people we value and care about.  Our normal multi tasking seemed to go on steroids as many of us tried to balance all the things on our to do list with the festivities and obligations of the holiday season. I’d like to remind you of one of the most powerful gifts or presents you can offer those you lead and work with to get your year started off right.


This gift is simple, it doesn’t cost anything financially and it is one of the highest expressions of your caring – your presence.  Being present for another human being or group is one of the most significant things we can do for other human beings.  Being in the moment and 100% “there” makes people feel that they are important to you, that you care and that you are listening.  In this day and time where we look for external expressions as tokens of our caring and love, consider giving all those you care about your precious presence.


When you do what you love like Antonio DeSousa, the same job doesn’t get boring. Antonio is the doorman at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa and he’s held that job for over 20 years. In fact, since he started with the Hyatt, he hasn’t missed a day of work in 25 years. Anthony shares his perspective on how he has stayed engaged and loyal while never losing his motivation:

Click here to view interview with Antonio DeSousa


The time between Christmas and New Year’s has always been a time when I assess what went well in the past year and what didn’t. I also ask myself, “What do I want to see happen in the upcoming year? Although it’s not something you can predict, you can impact your future positively by visualizing your highest wishes for your work and your life and writing them down. Here’s a tool that I call, “I’m Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.” You may find it helpful as you plan your upcoming year. We use this “Performance Letter” as part of the CEO Florida Forum program that Key Associates has launched. For more information, please contact us through the website or feel free to call at 813-831-9500.

Happy Holidays!