Gifts: Taking Time To Reflect

December 20, 2012 — 1 Comment


Knowledge and experience are gifts.

Have you ever stopped to think about what you have been given and how you can make the best use of it?  We acquire knowledge and experience on a daily basis as we go through life, but I have met very few people (and I have a very large network on a worldwide basis) that actually leverage what they know. Whether it’s a natural talent or acquired knowledge, very few of us actually take the time to stop and consider how we can best use the “Gifts” we have been given.

Organizations realize how important it is to “know what they know” and consistently try to maximize their collective intelligence – shouldn’t you? In a world where the only certainty is uncertainty, your only real source of sustainable competitive advantage is your own knowledge and experience – and how you leverage them. Your success in this increasingly competitive world depends wholly on how you qualitatively and effectively manage those gifts.

You probably don’t consistently think about all the knowledge you have gained through the years, but as the holidays are upon us, perhaps it is a good time to pause and reflect on what you do actually know…

You have knowledge and experience that is very specific and unique to you. Despite the vast amount of information you carry around in your head,  you most likely don’t stop to actually think back over what you have done in the past and consider how you can convert it into useful knowledge for today. Reflecting back over all you have accomplished over the years will prepare you for that which you are not even yet aware of.

This holiday season, I would like to challenge you to…


Thoughtfully consider your gifts. Unwrap each one, carefully unpack it, assess it and think about it’s inherent value.  Evaluate how well you use what you have been given. Take the time to think back over what you have acquired through your years of service and you may suddenly begin to understand how that knowledge can serve you now and help you to prepare for the future.

May each and everyone of you have a wonderful holiday season that is full of “Gifts” you can share to make your world a better place!

What are your gifts?

I would love for you to engage the discussion and let us know how you will reflect upon your gifts this holiday season. Please feel free to contact me at or by visiting our website at Check back next week for the next installment of Leadership Across Boundaries and Borders.


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Sheri is The Global Coach, founder of Luminosity Global Consulting Group, Global Executive Coach, Speaker, Writer and Global Business and Cultural Expert.

One response to Gifts: Taking Time To Reflect

  1. Thank you for this reflection o your unique knowledge. Much of it agrees with my unique knowledge, which is nice. Through conversation, surprise, I learn things I did not know I knew. Or did not know how to express to lift them from latent to full awareness.

    One thing caught my attention, the premise of competitive advantage. In many situation it works great. In many other settings, I believe advantage can work even stronger if the goal is not focusing on competition but on progress, possibly together.

    If #collaborative advantage knocks the socks off competitive advantage, then where is the point of competing?

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