Last Updated Nov 26, 2008 12:26 PM EST
Advises Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson:
"It starts with asking yourself, as the Thanksgiving chief architect, what is your vision for this day and this meal."Here's some of top line advice:
- Don't micromanage every dish.
- Keep the big picture (family harmony) in mind.
- Set expectations for key stakeholders. Will football watching be allowed or not?
- Choose a command style: Command-and-control or ground-up decision making.
- Consider outsourcing. Do you really need to bake that pecan pie?
"Just keep in mind what all successful executives know: Thank people publicly and often, and never, ever point a finger."