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Creating a Positive Team Climate: 20 Practical Ideas by Glenn Parker

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BREAKING BREAD

It's a time honored tradition—serving food to family, friends and even strangers to establish a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. You may remember this from your childhood, where your mother or grandmother would invite visitors to immediately sit down and have something to eat (“Mange! Mange!”). You have certainly seen it in the movies, for example, where a family stops at a ranch to ask for water or directions and is promptly invited to “stay for supper.”

Food appears to be the focal point, maybe even the excuse for the gathering, but the real purpose is to create a warm and friendly atmosphere where people feel welcome (some might say, “just like home”). The phrase “breaking bread” feels a bit archaic today but the concept ...

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