Free HR Webcast with Judith Umlas: Grateful Leadership – Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results: Sponsored by SilkRoad


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Presented by Yours Truly… that is Judith W. Umlas

Effective leaders must find ways to enhance people’s level of engagement, commitment, and support, especially in the difficult periods all organizations experience at one time or another. Engaged employees work with passion and feel connected and loyal to their organization. This yields higher productivity, sales, and results. Non-engagement in the workplace results in poor performance, limited productivity, and an erosion of the bottom line. People need consistent affirmation of their value and contribution to the organization in order to know that their efforts are appreciated. This can be accomplished through the practice of Grateful LeadershipTM.

Attendees will:
  • Understand the need for Grateful Leadership to create a culture of appreciation in the workplace and overcome the barriers to using acknowledgment.
  • Demonstrate the language and subtleties of authentic and heartfelt acknowledgement behavior so that people can and will practice and use them immediately following the webinar.
  • Describe how to coach teams, managers, and other corporate stakeholders in how to use Grateful Leadership to produce breakthrough results.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
1:00 p.m. (Central)
12:00 p.m. (Mountain)
11:00 a.m. (Pacific)
Date or time doesn’t fit your schedule? Go ahead and register anyway. We will be sure you receive an email with a link to the recorded webinar following the event.

Using Acknowledgment to Create a Culture of Wellbeing? Wellbeing Leader Judy Umlas Says It Only Takes 5 Cs


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It was Stephen Covey who said, “Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival—to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated.” It’s a philosophy that Judy Umlas, Senior Vice-President of International Institute for Learning, lives every day. She is such a passionate giver of acknowledgment that she has written The Power of Acknowledgment and Grateful Leadership to tout its many benefits.

Read more at Wisdom Works.

Grateful Leaders: Judith Umlas and Joe Upton at BMI


Judy Umlas informally interviews Joe Upton, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Edwards Brothers Malloy, Inc., participant at the Grateful Leadership session at the Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) 2014 Management Conference in Fort Myers, Florida. Joe movingly shares the results of an exercise in which he acknowledges his father, Herb Upton, the Founder and former President of Malloy Inc, one of two companies that came together in 2012 to form Edwards Brothers Malloy.

 

The Great Result of Asking People How They Want to be Acknowledged


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Emily Robinson-Endert, SPHR Director of Human Resources at Covenant Woods, and a participant in one of IIL’s Grateful Leadership webinars, recently shared this simple, yet effective strategy with our group during one of our sessions. After hearing it I was filled with joy. Therefore, I asked Emily if she would mind writing up her strategy for all of us.

Much to my delight, she agreed to do so…


When I hire a new person for my team, I ask how he or she prefers to be recognized or acknowledged. Some people will say a simple thank you; others say in front of the team; and some say chocolate! :)

Do You Want to Transform Your Organization’s Culture? Consider an IIL ‘Grateful Leadership’ BOOK CLUB OFFERING!


Blue Toad CoverA few months ago, CompSource Oklahoma, a leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance in the state since 1933, chose Grateful Leadership as their corporate book club offering as a means of elevating their corporate culture. Sixty people signed up for the experience and received a copy of the book, thanks to the generosity of the company!

When I heard about this initiative from HR Director Erin McDermott, who had read the book and thought it would be an excellent addition to the company’s leadership development initiatives, particularly in light of the significant change CompSource is undergoing as they transition to a mutual insurance company, I nearly jumped up and down with excitement. Then, what really delighted me was the highly organized, five-session program put together by Geoffrey Varner, Learning Development Coordinator — complete with reading assignments and “homework” based on the weekly readings. He also designed a PowerPoint presentation for each session. I loved it so much that I contacted Erin and Geoff and said IIL would be pleased to have me lead an online closing session for the book club members. Much to my delight, all of this happened, and it was one of the most gratifying experiences imaginable. Over and over, I heard how people were now acknowledging and showing their appreciation to co-workers much more frequently. It was a thrill to realize that this kind of organized, well thought out book club offering has the possibility of changing or enhancing, and even transforming, a company into one with an acknowledgment culture. I also learned that according to participants, there are already some wonderful models of Grateful Leadership in the company, who just happened to be at our online event and who received lots of acknowledgment from others: Mark and Rita, you know who you are! :)

Congratulations to IIL’s “Acknowledgment Ambassador” — Ouida Sizemore Linkous


Ouida awardIn 2006, IIL published The Power of Acknowledgment and began sending me out to train all sorts of leaders in developing and honing the skill of acknowledgment. In no time at all, we started seeing dramatic results wherever this notion was embraced and practiced, which gave us true insight into how transformational the message really was. Within a year, we could see that some people resonated profoundly with this work and put it to great use in their workplaces and communities as well as with their families and loved ones. This is why IIL began to very selectively create Acknowledgment Ambassadors. In seven years, there have only been four…until now.

On this day, we are honored to celebrate and welcome in Ouida Sizemore Linkous as our fifth Acknowledgment Ambassador! Ouida has a natural and inarguable attraction to acknowledgment, gratitude, praise and appreciation. She is a beacon of light shining on the work we have undertaken at IIL, with 100 percent commitment and enthusiasm, and it is with great pleasure that we present her with an accompanying award to show our appreciation.

We are incredibly privileged to have Ouida on our “make a difference in the world team,” and know that she brings forth this capability to change the world with all she comes in contact with. Ouida, we are proud to have you as what you call yourself: our #1 fan! We are definitely yours.

Congratulations!! We know you will keep bringing forth the power of acknowledgment wherever you are…and wherever you go. All of us at IIL are proud to know you.

With gratitude,

Judy Umlas

The Beauty of Blogging


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Cecilia & Pheary Watkins, Grateful Leadership blog comment contributors

I recently wrote a post called “Opportunities for Acknowledgment Are All Around Us”. While it was a shorter post, the idea was massive, and more importantly, it proved the immense impact a simple acknowledgment can have on us all. And if you for some reason don’t believe me, read the comments section of that post, because that alone is proof of what gratitude and acknowledgment can bring forth. Allow me to explain further…

Cecilia Watkins is a woman I have never met before, but because of our mutual admiration for all things acknowledgment, we’ve built a true connection in a matter of weeks! Read the below interaction between Cecilia and myself and you’ll see just how quickly acknowledgment spreads!