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When people hear about IIL’s Grateful Leadership initiative, they are often inspired to explore it in their own ways, to dig deeper into whatever “speaks to them,” and then to “give back” – to their peers, their leaders, their subordinates – in short, to anyone with an interest in making this kind of profound difference in people and their work.

Our regular article/podcast features contributed by CGL members include:

Jim Trela

Podcast – The Art of Grateful Leadership

James Trela

A weekly, Monday morning podcast by James Trela, a Project Management Professional (PMP) from a major automotive company. As a result of his high-impact experience in a Grateful Leadership On Demand course, Jim is committed to sharing the importance of Grateful Leadership and the Benefits of Acknowledgment. He wants to share examples and techniques so the listeners can use and improve their acknowledgment competencies. There will be Interviews with CGL members and others, describing how they have either acknowledged someone or have been acknowledged and the impact this created. The purpose is to explore what it takes to create a culture of appreciation where people work and in their daily lives.

James is a Senior Project Manager at a major automotive company, and Host of the Production Line Podcast, as well as The Art of Grateful Leadership.

Donald Officer

The Gratitude Connection

Donald R. Officer

This monthly column is contributed by Positive Psychology expert/thought leader Donald R. Officer, author of the Positive Psychology News Daily article on Grateful Leadership.

Donald Officer, MA ’89, is a strategic thinking practitioner who melds problem-solving research models to help clients anticipate unexpected scenarios and opportunities while pursuing what is most meaningful to them. In addition to coaching, facilitation, and consulting Don blogs at The Intention Coach, where he welcomes comments. He is a certified facilitator and a member of the International Coach Federation and the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. Donald’s articles can be found here.

Get the Right Attitude Through Gratitude

Harry Waldron

Harry Waldron highlights best practices and practical ideas to better appreciate fellow co-workers, improve teamwork, and deliver improved quality on projects. He shares from almost four decades of leadership experience on IT and business projects. His articles and acrostics can be found here.

Harold Kerzner

Determining Your Grateful Leadership IQ

Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.

This bi-monthly series presents short case studies/real life stories and questions for members to ponder and to test their competency in Grateful Leadership. Dr. Kerzner graces us all with his vast knowledge of teams and what it takes to motivate and engage team members.

Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. is IIL’s Senior Executive Director for Project Management. He is a globally recognized expert on project management and strategic planning, and the author of many best-selling textbooks, most recently “Project Management 2.0”.

Grateful Parenting
Roxi Nevin
The newest member contributed blog! Grateful Parenting serves to help assist parents with insights, advice, and personal stories to guide our youngest generation with the ability to grow up grateful!

Grateful Teen Weekly

Kendall, Kylie, and Blair Seaman

This weekly segment is contributed by Three Grateful Sisters who found inspiration in the Grateful Leadership message, and wanted to contribute ideas, videos, podcasts, images and other content from teens all around the world! Find out more here.

Roberto Daniel

The Global Need for Grateful Leadership in a Fast-Changing and Volatile World

Roberto Daniel

Whether you´re flying in cloudless skies or navigating turbulent waters, such as economic downturns, applying the power of acknowledgement and being a grateful leader bring long-lasting results in both engagement and bottom-line as well as being personally rewarding.

Roberto Daniel, VP of Manufacturing transformation, SSH Bedding Canada, writes a monthly column on the critical need for Grateful Leadership in an economic downturn, and more. Roberto is one of the Grateful Leaders who was profiled in the book “Grateful Leadership” when he worked at Invensys, and continues his admirable practices at SSH Bedding Canada.


Grant Brownrigg

A monthly comic is brought to you by Grantland. Grant has worked in manufacturing, consulting, and nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities, including management, HR, sales, and operations. He says he has had good bosses and bad – and been both of those too. He says he also had good employees and bad – and been both of those as well. Grant has used this experience in creating over 4,000 business cartoons on subjects ranging from recognition to ethics, engagement, and leadership. His education includes an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Kathy Kest

Kathy’s Korner

Kathryn R. Kest, PMP, DTM

Kathy’s Korner spotlights ordinary people doing extraordinary acts of kindness and caring. In this heartfelt column, Kathy Kest, PMP, DTM will be highlighting lives she encounters that are remarkably kind. Each story will be built around Grateful Leadership’s 7 Principles of Acknowledgement or one of the 5 C’s. We hope you enjoy Kathy’s corner as much as she enjoys writing about the wonderful people she has met on her journey. Kathy’s hope is that you will go away feeling better about the world in general and motivated to take positive action after meeting these individuals.

As an avid learner and speaker with heavy strategic thinking skillset, Kathy will bring new ideas and great stories to the Center for Grateful leadership’s readers. She has 18 years of experience as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and 20 years OF experience in Records Management. In both fields, synergetic and creative thinking led teams to success. These strengths will serve Grateful Leaders well.

There are many stories that weave through the tapestry of our lives.  Stories of hurt, stories of healing, stories of pain and gain, but each of the stories is of great value.  Stories are what connect people.

If you have someone you would like to be brought into the spotlight, you can reach Kathy at 713-966-0663 or e-mail her at [email protected].

We welcome your contributions!

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