“What do you think of our Christmas tree?”

This was the question I posed my granddaughters when they entered the house last Thursday. Ellie and Maddie were staying the weekend and plans were to help us decorate for Christmas.

Ellie stood in what I can only describe as sheer disbelief as she stared at the 4-foot tall fake tree with white lights. Her response was stoic…

“You have a very short tree…”

I used to give my Dad a hard time about the diminutive tree they started buying for their house. Dad explained he had no interest in a large tree. They didn’t have the room and he wasn’t willing to invest the time into decorating a larger tree. I told him we would gladly decorate it for him and Mom, but he politely declined our offer.

I guess I’ve turned into my father. I feel the same way on both fronts, too.

Well, to be clear. We have the room. The want for decorating a bigger tree is definitely the main factor.

Funny how things change in life over the years…

In business, change is absolutely necessary. Technology has demanded that you be nimble both for opportunity and survival. That being said, very often we can learn from those who came before us. We might have to go “old school.”

In an era where email is ubiquitous, regular mail can often work to get information to clients or prospective clients. Even though text and chat seem to be all the rage, actually calling someone might be the best option.

While being innovative and cutting edge is crucial to success, we can also learn something from those that have come before us. Most important perhaps is that relationships always have, and always will, drive business.

And relationships are best fostered in a manner that brings value to all parties. Let’s not get too focused on what’s ahead the what we’ve learned from our predecessors still has great wisdom.

Sometimes, the short tree makes the most sense.

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