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Appreciative Leadership Changes People

In the past year, it seems that gratefulness and appreciation have expanded their reach even more so into our leadership lexicon. 

With Adam Grant’s informative and research-based book Give and Take, he notes that “a single act marked by mutual trust and respect will energize both people.”

I have found that to be true.

Positively energizing employees (accent on the positive, as we have all experienced the frustrations of lackluster leaders and negative energizing) through appreciation is part of the recipe that engages them in peak organizational performance, and simply encourages them to keep showing up. Read more

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Finding The Positive Core

Ah, Thanksgiving! A time when many people in the United States take a moment to reflect on what they are most thankful for.

As we consider what we are most thankful for in the world around us, it makes sense to extend this discovery process to the people we lead and work with on a daily basis.

When we find employees who do not exhibit or behave with a spirit of thanksgiving, it’s our job to help them find their own best selves, or bring back their spark.

I’ll suggest three strategies to help you do this:

  1. Consider why your employees are at your organization. It’s rarely just because it’s the only job that can be found, or that yours is the only place that will pay them. Find out why they chose your organization. Read more
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Hope. Gratitude. Joy.

At the end of the year, I’m looking forward to helping activate even more positive change, and am spending time reviewing:

  • Successes, to see how I can create more of them for me and for my clients in 2013
  • My strengths, to see how I can use them more fully to serve
  • The things and relationships for which I’m grateful 

These each align with the Big Three –

Hope. Gratitude. Joy.

Hope is a feeling of great expectation – it’s about looking forward to see what’s possible. There is so much undiscovered possibility for all of us, just waiting to unfold. We can each create a world for ourselves that delivers on our hopes and visions for our lives.

Gratitude unlocks the goodness for us, even in the midst of stresses and challenges. Taking note each day of what we are grateful for helps us to see more clearly the gifts that surround us.

Joy is different than positivity or happiness, but an outcome of both of these, lived to the fullest. Imagine an increase in positivity and happiness that unlocks a joyful life. It’s possible!

I can’t wait for all that will unfold in 2013!  I wish you the best on your journey throughout the year.  If you’d like a companion as you go, to bring clarity and accountability, just let me know.