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Limitless Leaders™ Connection – How are you making the Gift of Gratitude part of your workplace culture?

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Gratitude is a topic we are passionate about. We have been exploring with teams and organisations about how it can be bought in as part of the workplace culture. Call it recognition, praise or appreciation, what has stood out is that we need to take the time to show gratitude within and across the teams, we work with.

It’s been a big year of growth and opportunity for us all, and there is no better time than now to show your appreciation to others and create gratitude as a practice.

Many organisations focus on performance culture and not a culture built around gratitude. This can affect the level and deepness of gratitude that employees practice. I call this grey gratitude, it may not be intentionally stifled, but it’s not hitting the mark as part of what makes up the culture.

If you are looking for employees to go beyond the contractual obligation of their roles, expressing gratitude should be part of your leadership. Acknowledging the thoughts and efforts of people with gratitude shows that those people matter and this can build a culture around gratitude which I believe is vital.

Research shows that taking the time to develop an attitude of gratitude can:

  • Build a psychological immune system, making us more resilient to stressful situations
  • Accelerate positive emotions
  • Create a greater sense of achievement of goals
  • Fewer sick days and less stress
  • Greater collaboration and connection
  • Higher job satisfaction overall

So, what gets in the way?

Many times, people feel awkward, practising gratitude and may see it as fluffy and esoteric. The leadership team may not be on board and therefore, don’t foster openness and space to build this practice into the culture. Another key blocker is people may see gratitude as a weakness and may feel left out if they don't receive gratitude in return. Many don’t adopt the mindset.

We spend one-third of our life at work, that's over 90,000 hours, so it makes sense to incorporate the gift of gratitude into your workplace. Click To Tweet

Gratitude can connect people. It can create collaboration and anchor positive behaviour. It’s also one of the collective skills that make up resilience.

Feelings, actions and our mindset flow from the way we look at the world and how we think about the situation – to change our feelings, we can start by thinking about what we are grateful for. Often, we find our feelings scary and confusing, so we keep them at a distance. However, shutting off our feelings not only backfires, but it drains us of the psychological energy that is needed to build resilience. We need our feelings to find satisfaction, meaning and pleasure in life both in and out of the workplace.

Gratitude can maximise happiness in multiple ways, and one reason is that it helps us reframe memories of unpleasant events in a way that decreases their negative emotional impact and lets in optimism. We can let challenges deepen how we are grateful – it can show us not to take things for granted.

Looking back is about learning and looking forward is about progressing.

Accessing and sustaining positive emotion is key to building resilience in organisations, needed now more than ever. Focusing our attention on how far we have come can provide positive reinforcement, and fuel our thoughts to overcome challenges and setbacks. It’s like looking in the rear-vision mirror of a car – what you pass goes by quickly, but it’s easy to miss a beautiful landmark or a life lesson that you could share.

Think about how you could flip what I call “Grey Gratitude” in your workplace to a clearer vibrant practice?

We have workshopped this question in a few companies, and I’d love to share a few ideas and tips:

Share 1 situation or person you are grateful for

  • Kick off a meeting/workshop/project review by each person sharing who or what they are grateful for in the workplace.
  • An option is to capture these on Yammer/Teams.

3 positives to 1 negative

  • For every negative, you or the team discuss workshop 3 positives.
  • This reinforces the face we often focus on what isn’t working instead of the things we could be grateful for.

Create a Gratitude wall-virtually or in the office

  • People can leave notes of appreciation for anyone.
  • Name can be shared, or this can be anonymous.

Ask a question

  • What capabilities, qualities and skills have got me to where I am today?
  • Individually of self or share as a team.

Be specific

  • When we aren’t specific when expressing gratitude, this dilutes the impact and intention.
  • Imagine replacing “I’m grateful for that” to ‘I’m grateful for the support you have given the team and I this month”.

It is ideal to have structured forums to share as well as spontaneous recognition and ways to show appreciation. Some subtle ways of sharing gratitude every day could be as simple as sending surprise emails to others expressing appreciation or creating a forum to share internal updates and encourage people to share.

Be mindful not to do ‘gratitude’ in overdrive – this can seem false and dilute the effects of authentically being grateful.

The Gift of Gratitude should not be underestimated and is one of the 12 gifts we can build on when we adopt a Gift Mindset®.

With the year-end upon us, take the time to explore the Gift of Gratitude with your team and organisation, say thank you and reflect on who and what you are grateful for.

As always, we would love to hear how you are incorporating gratitude into your workplace!

Lead to be limitless…

Signed Reneé



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20: The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is something I’ve been writing a lot about for my book: Gift Mindset.

And my guest today was the first person I thought of when I wanted to do an interview with someone that comes from a place of gratitude, who leads through gratitude, and I think embodies what gratitude is.

Being in gratitude and appreciating the things that we do have versus the things that we don't have I think as a leader in any role or as a business owner, or even life in general – is such an important thing to do and helps us to be and not just do.

Joining me on today’s show is Claire Summers.

Claire is the Founder of Gratitude Glass Jars.

After experiencing a series of deeply traumatic life experiences within a seven-month period, the last of which nearly took her life, Claire created the gratitude glass jar as a visual tool to help herself heal by capturing daily notes of gratitude that enabled her to rebuild herself and open her heart once more.

She decided (or dared) to try out a trade show as a sole exhibitor in the summer of 2017 in New York, where she won the award for the best product for gifts and lifestyle and was hand-selected by the team at Oprah, for consideration within Oprah's favourite thing within eight weeks of launching.

Onstage with Oprah Winfrey sharing her story, it became the number one selling product on Amazon and appeared on endless TV spots and media across the globe.

Gratitude Glass Jars has developed into a lifestyle brand with an assortment of products that encourage people to pause, share their stories, and inspire others. The movement is global glass jars are all about capturing the spirit of living, celebrating life events, sharing memories, and expressing words of love.

On the show, Claire speaks about The Power of Gratitude, including:

  • What gratitude means to her;
  • A different perspective on gratitude;
  • Separating gratitude from wants, and much more

LISTEN NOW:

 

About: 

Claire Summers is the Founder of Gratitude Glass Jars.

After experiencing a series of deeply traumatic life experiences within a seven-month period, Claire created the gratitude glass jar as a visual tool to help herself heal by capturing daily notes of gratitude that enabled her to rebuild herself and open her heart once more after going through five distressing life events all within an eight-month period, the last of which nearly took her life.

She decided (or dared) to try out a trade show as a sole exhibitor in the summer of 2017 in New York, where she won the award for the best product for gifts and lifestyle and was hand-selected by the team at Oprah, for consideration within Oprah's favourite thing within eight weeks of launching.

Onstage with Oprah Winfrey sharing her story, it became the number one selling product on Amazon and appeared on endless TV spots and media across the globe.

Gratitude Glass Jars has developed into a lifestyle brand with an assortment of products that encourage people to pause, share their stories, and inspire others. The movement is global glass jars are all about capturing the spirit of living, celebrating life events, sharing memories, and expressing words of love.

Contact:  Gratitude Glass Jars

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Limitless Leaders™ Connection – Building mental fitness through a culture of gratitude

Limitless Leaders Connection Building mental fitness through a culture of gratitude

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Over the last few months with many leadership teams, we have explored the topic of gratitude and how this is being expressed in the workplace. Call it recognition, praise or appreciation; what stood out is that we need to take the time to show gratitude within and across the teams, we work with.

Many organisations focus on a ‘performance culture' and not a culture built around gratitude. This can affect the level and deepness of gratitude that employees practice. I call this ‘grey gratitude‘, it may not be intentionally stifled but it’s not hitting the mark as part of what makes up the culture.

If you are looking for employees to go beyond the contractual obligation of their roles and build mental fitness, then expressing gratitude should be part of your leadership. Acknowledging the thoughts and efforts of people with gratitude shows that those people matter and this can build a culture around gratitude which I believe is vital.

Research shows that taking the time to develop an attitude of gratitude can:

  • Build a psychological immune system, making us more resilient to stressful situations
  • Accelerate positive emotions
  • Create a greater sense of achievement of goals
  • Fewer sick days and less stress
  • Greater collaboration and connection
  • Higher job satisfaction overall

What gets in the way?

Many times, people feel awkward practising gratitude and may see it as fluffy and esoteric. The leadership team may not be on board and therefore don’t foster openness and space to build this practice into the culture. Another key blocker is people may see gratitude as a weakness and may feel left out if they don't receive gratitude in return. Many simply don’t adopt the mindset. 

We spend one-third of our life at work, that's over 90,000 hours so it makes sense to incorporate the gift of gratitude into your workplace. Click To Tweet

Gratitude can connect people. It can create collaboration and anchor positive behaviour and it’s also one of the collective skills that make up resilience.

Feelings, actions and our mindset flow from the way we look at the world and how we think about the situation – to change our feelings, we can start by thinking about what we are grateful for. Often, we find our feelings scary and confusing, so we keep them at a distance. However, shutting off our feelings not only backfires, but it drains us of the psychological energy that is needed to build resilience. We need our feelings in order to find satisfaction, meaning and pleasure in life, both in and out of the workplace.

Gratitude can maximise happiness in multiple ways, and one reason is that it helps us reframe memories of unpleasant events in a way that decreases their negative emotional impact and lets in optimism. We can let challenges deepen the way in which we are grateful – it can show us not to take things for granted.

Looking back is about learning and looking forward is about progressing. Click To Tweet

Accessing and sustaining positive emotion is key to building resilience in organisations, needed now more than ever. Focusing our attention on how far we have come can provide positive reinforcement and fuel with our thoughts to overcome challenges and setbacks. It’s like looking in the rear-vision mirror of a car – what you pass goes by quickly, but it’s easy to miss a beautiful landmark or a life lesson that you could share. 

Think about how you could flip what I call “Grey Gratitude” in your workplace to a clearer vibrant practice?

We have workshopped this question in a few companies and I’d love to share a few ideas and tips:

Share 1 situation or person you are grateful for.

  • Kick off a meeting/workshop/project review with each person sharing who or what they are grateful for in the workplace
  • An option is to capture these on Yammer/Teams

3 positives to 1 negative

  • For every negative, you or the team discuss, workshop 3 positives 
  • This reinforces the face we often focus on what isn’t working instead of the things we could be grateful for

Create a Gratitude wall-virtually or in the office

  • People can leave notes of appreciation for anyone
  • Name can be shared, or this can be anonymous

Ask a question

  • What capabilities, qualities and skills have got me to where I am today? 
  • Individually of self or share as a team

Be specific

  • When we aren’t specific when expressing gratitude this dilutes the impact and intention
  • Imagine replacing “I’m grateful for that” to ‘I’m grateful for the support you have given the team and I this month”.

It is ideal to have structured forums to share as well as spontaneous recognition and ways to show appreciation. Some subtle ways of sharing gratitude every day could be as simple as sending surprise emails to others expressing appreciation or creating a forum to share internal updates and encourage people to share.

Be mindful not to do ‘gratitude’ in overdrive – this can seem false and dilute the effects of authentically being grateful.

I would love to hear how you are incorporating gratitude in your workplace!

Lead to be limitless…

Signed Reneé



PS: Want to skyrocket your success from working anywhere? We've launched our new online program and you can read more about that here.

Ever wondered what Reneé gets up to when she isn't with working with her clients? She's doing this.

If this article has resonated with you in any way – I’d love to hear your thoughts – get in touch.

Being in service to my clients is why I do what I do and your feedback, insight and any suggestions are always embraced.

Find out where you sit on the Leadership Ladder, your responses are anonymous and the results summarised to help us better understand where our market sits so that we can continue to provide, insights, tools and solutions to assist you to move up to be LIMITLESS, co-creative and stand out.

Renée is a mentor, coach, expert facilitator and keynote speaker, She is the author of ‘Limitless Leadership’ and co-author of ‘Leaders of Influence’.

Follow Renée on Facebook, Instagram, IGTV or Twitter, or subscribe to her blog here or new podcast here.