EDITOR'S NOTE: Wishing you and your business a happy holiday season
“Humbug,” Scrooge said of Christmas as he worked in the unheated accounting office. Not far from him, at another desk in the dimly lit room, sat his sole employee, Bob Cratchit, who kept busy trying to warm himself by the light of a single flickering flame.
You’re probably familiar with the rest of the popular Christmas story by famed English author Charles Dickens. “A Christmas Carol” is read and rehearsed, performed and narrated, remembered and talked about every year as the season deepens and the twinkle lights turn on. It’s a holiday classic that depicts Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable old miser, having a change of heart after being visited by his dearly departed business partner Jacob Marley and three successive ghosts - all in one night. The tale is a holiday classic, as it should be, and it is one of my favorite stories, one that has a message not only for this time of year but all year long.
Repurposing the phrase from one character, it’s a message to help us “keep Christmas always.”
Benjamin Franklin, who has been quoted by business professionals for decades because of his fatherly and entrepreneurial wisdom, said much the same thing before Dickens published his famous tale.
“A good conscience,” Franklin said, “is a continual Christmas.”
The impact of Christmas is not what it does for us between Thanksgiving and the New Year, but how its message influences us all year long - in our business dealings, our personal relationships, in our goal-setting and team building, to name only a few.
I’m not trying to be politically correct here, because if Christmas is represented in its fullest it is with the message of peace on earth and goodwill to all men and women, no matter where, how or what they celebrate at this time of year or any other.
And isn’t that what business is about? To provide the best service to EVERY customer and client, all year long?
In my opinion, that message - which really is a 2,000-year-old business model, if you consider it that way - should be the theme of every company, whether privately owned or headquartered with a corporate office. It’s not only a religious message, but a darn good business message, too.
Again, I’m not trying to be too politically correct. I just want to wish you and yours a happy holiday season, including a Merry Christmas, with much business success in the new year.
Make it count!
Prairie Business Editor Andrew Weeks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-780-1276.