Thursday, April 29, 2010


How often do you take a client to lunch? What about your spouse or a family member? One of the things most evident in our culture is the premium we place on time. We are constantly moving from one activity to another. We obsess about work and shorten the time in which we eat. The very nature of meal time has become one of ridicule or speed - a power lunch, fast food, working lunch or the dreaded taking the boss to lunch.

We have to multi-task even our most basic needs - like eating. When was the last time you went to lunch with someone work or family related and it was a pleasure? Couldn't you do more of that? I think you can and should. The iconic image of the steel workers having lunch on a steel beam is one of clear cammraderie. Where else could you be indifferent to the height yet trapped in a world of solitude? Make an effort to build a relationship with clients beyond that of service provider. Work to find common ground with co-workers. Focus on spending time with your family. Enjoy meal time in a fresh, new way. Your life will be richer for it.

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