For IT and business leaders, the holiday season is an appropriate time to reflect back on the value of team members. John Maxwell’s leadership blog shares 5 steps to better appreciate their service during past year.

Few things bond people together like a shared memory. Even during tough times, recalling a memory brings people together. If you want to be intentional about creating a memory this Christmas season instead of just letting the holidays happen to you, keep these five things in mind:

1. Initiative: Choose to Make Something Happen — Make a list of experiences that you want to share, then decide what you need to do to make them happen.

2. Time: Set Aside Time for Something to Happen — If you’re like most families at this time of year, the word “busy” is an understatement.

3. Preparation: Plan to Make Something Happen — By now, you have a list of memories that you want to make, and you’ve scheduled time on your calendar. Now plan them out.

4. Creativity: Find a Way to Make Something Happen — What do you do when the memories you’ve planned don’t turn out the way you expected? Sometimes even the most frustrating circumstances can be funny, if we choose to look at them that way.

5. Mementos: Show That Something Happened — In this age of selfies and social media, it’s pretty easy to record an experience digitally. And that’s definitely something you can look at years later to relive the memory. But I always recommend finding some other memento to remind you of the experience.