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Finding Gratitude in New Experiences

When I really thought about it, I found that it was easy to see the benefits in the entire experience as a whole, and there is so much gratitude to be found in the team sports experience. I’ll highlight some examples and how you can use these experiences as a lesson in gratitude for kids:

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The Gratitude Connection: Cultivating Gratitude in Yourself and the Many Others in Your Life

For March 2021, we continue to gleam nuggets of wisdom from “The “Gratitude Project”. A theme of “behavior changes are difficult – but worthwhile in moving to greater gratitude in our lives”. Changing to a more grateful attitude takes discipline and work. We are often “set in our ways” and old habits are difficult to break — even in pursuit of a better way. Still, the 5 C’s & greater focus on the being more grateful can help break barriers, so that gratitude becomes a greater part of our natural character.

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Love Heals – February 2021 Acrostic

During February, we celebrate the month of LOVE. We can only have a better year of 2021, by treating each other better than we did in 2020. A starting point is to share kind words, politeness, appreciation, and support. And to work at overlooking our minor differences — so that we focus more on unity. Grateful Leadership provides that foundations of kindness toward one another in spite of our many differences.

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Grateful Giving – December 2020 Acrostic

The holiday season is ahead and is celebrated worldwide with gift-giving. Many different faiths celebrate this holy season with a spirit of gratitude and love and diversity. The gift of relationships goes further than the physical presents we receive during the holidays. We can even start small – by 1st practicing within our families in a spirit of “Grateful Parenting.” And from that genuine foundation – we can expand Grateful Leadership concepts to our friends and work associates & beyond.

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Proving Why What Never Happens Doesn’t

Dan Heath, Duke University, recently published “Upstream” in 2020. His latest book shares a proactive approach, that is designed to prevent firefighting problems in the business world. The concepts in this rare book can revitalize the workplace and even make our world a better place. And, as shared in review below, Grateful Leadership concepts can help lead projects & people more effectively and proactively. For example, the 5 “C’s” helps prevent “sparks” into flaring up as major “fires” which must be put out later. This is a great modern book of leadership for the new decade ahead

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“Thank You Team!” – September 2020 Acrostic

Teams achieve unity & synergy when guided by grateful leadership practices
Help struggling workers in 2020 by sharing acknowledgment & gratitude
Always praise publicly & counsel struggling workers privately in a kind manner
New leadership skills are required to bind us together in socially distant times
Keep your leadership & professional standards set at the highest level each day
Your grateful leadership actions will motivate employees & create loyalty
Often the timing & setting are key for grateful leadership to be most effective
Use creative techniques to share kind words in our new virtural workplace
Take time to learn the art of grateful leadership thru podcasts & webinars
Encourage employees to stretch their skill sets & grow professionally
Allow twice as much time to listening than talking to learn more about others
Make work meaningful, motivating & rewarding – it adds up to project success

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