Off Topic: Feeling Grateful on Thanksgiving

While only some of you are celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope that all of you can find a way to be thankful today. Gratitude is a powerful tool that I hope you regularly embrace. I’m taking advantage of Thanksgiving to share 10 things for which I am very thankful:

  • My growing family. I am blessed to have a wonderful family that gives me great joy. Additionally, I’m really excited to meet my soon-to-be-born great niece.
  • The CXPA community. I really enjoy leading and being a part of the Customer Experience Professionals Association, because of the wonderful volunteers and the amazing culture of sharing across our community.
  • Temkin Group clients. We’re very lucky to work for and with such a wonderful group of people who are passionate about improving customer experience within their organizations. More importantly, they’re just really nice people.
  • Our Temkin Group team. We may be a small company, but I’m very proud of how our team sets the pace in CX thought leadership. We’re lucky to have such great people on our team.
  • The New England Patriots. I was bummed out when the Patriots lost to Kansas City, but it’s been really fun watching the team go on a dominant winning streak after that disappointing game. Now I’m hoping to see the team in the Superbowl. There’s a lot to learn from how Bill Belichick builds a resilient organization!
  • Red Sox retooling. Despite the Red Sox’ terrible year, I love following the team’s off-season (“hot stove”) activities, both rumors and transactions. It’s fun to watch how Ben Cherington and the rest of the Red Sox front-office are assembling next year’s team. I like the the Sandoval deal, but am not crazy about the Ramirez contract (although I like having his bat in the line-up).
  • Boston Celtics’ resurrection. I’m enjoying trying to figure out what moves Danny Ainge will make to (hopefully) transform the Celtics’ collection of young players and draft picks into a championship contender. I have mixed feeling on whether to keep or trade Rondo.
  • MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Every year I look forward to spending two days at what Mark Cuban affectionately calls the dork-a-palooza. This wonderful conference combines two of my favorite things: sports and analytics. Actually, make that three things, since my son has been joining me the last couple of years.
  • NetFlix. After watching both seasons of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, along with my recent binge-watching of Prison Break, I’m hooked on NetFlix. Who wants to wait a week for the next episode of anything?!?
  • A sense of humor. I really enjoy laughing and am blessed to find so many things to be funny. That’s why I enjoy sharing this picture every year on Thanksgiving.

The bottom line: I hope that you and your family have a fantastic day (Thanksgiving or just plain Thursday) and that you find the way to be grateful for many, many things.

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I am an experience management transformist, helping organizations improve business results by engaging the hearts and minds of their customers, employees, and partners. My "job" is Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. The Institute is still being established, but our goal is to help organizations around the world thrive by mastering Experience Management (XM). As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. Prior to joining Qualtrics, I was managing partner of Temkin Group (leading CX research, advisory, and training firm), co-founder and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA.org), and a VP at Forrester Research. I'm a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Check out my LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/brucetemkin

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