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A touching post, Laura. Thank you & Merry Christmas!

Laura, thanks for reminding us of the important stuff! I hope this Christmas brings you more warm memories.

Excellent post, Laura. Thank you for sharing it this Christmas season. I fully agree that a thoughtful, personal show of appreciation will go so much farther than an impersonal, offhand, "thanks" or even cash. In fact, the more specific, actionable and authentic you get with your appreciation, the more meaningful and long lasting it will be. I wrote more on those three points here: http://globoforce.blogspot.com/2009/11/specific-actionable-and-authentic.html

Thank you Paul, Margaret and Derek. I hope you all enjoy a wonderful holiday season and I'm looking forward to more great posts from each of you in 2010.

Great post, Laura, with a powerful example. It is amazing how important the human touch is and how easy it is to provide.

Congratulations! This post was selected as one of the five best independent business blog posts of the week in my Three Star Leadership Midweek Review of the Business Blogs.


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Thank you Wally for including this post in such a great list.

Brilliant writing. If I may add a cultural dimension where practices of gifts and personal notes are quite common across westerm world workplaces. However in India such practices are never really encouraged nor fostered though the benefits are so obvious. It would be interesting to see in the changes happening at our workplaces post the aftermath of 2009, how companies in fast paced economies like India would start looking at adoption of cultural changes that support such practices.

Thank you Nishith for bringing a multi-cultural dimension to the discussion.

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