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  • in reply to: Link to eBook showing an error #9315
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    Terri, thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. The link has been fixed.

    in reply to: Introduce Yourself! #8585
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    We have LOTS of new members!! Welcome everyone, and tell us a little about yourself and how you got here!

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8510
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    Hi Tom! Could you send me an email at roxi.nevin@iil.com so that I have your current email address?

    in reply to: Introduce Yourself! #7815
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    Dear Ralph,

    Thanks so much for joining the CGL, and for still being a dear friend after many, many years! Your story is amazing — as I said to you on the phone today, I think you are one of the most self-actualized people I know, with your regularly scheduled African safaris, the plays you produce, direct, act in and the many volunteers you inspire. I love the idea of starting a dialogue about engaging volunteers. So many of our members also belong to PMI (Project Management Institute) Chapters, as well as other organizations. How would you like to start a column with the title you just came up with: “grateful leadership in a volunteer environment”? It’s a critical topic, I think. And like the interview with Maggie that you commented on, either on Facebook or LinkedIn, a volunteer’s entire “paycheck” is appreciation.

    Just out of curiosity, do you remember our English teacher Mrs. Diaz in 7th grade? She always wrote in big letters on all of my compositions, “WORDY”. Now I get to be “wordy” for a purpose! Thanks for appreciating the work we do here to make the world a better place. And thanks for joining in! I know you will make a big difference in our community. Best, Judy

    in reply to: Introduce Yourself! #7814
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    Dear Ralph,

    Thanks so much for joining the CGL, and for still being a dear friend after many, many years! Your story is amazing — as I said to you on the phone today, I think you are one of the most self-actualized people I know, with your regularly scheduled African safaris, the plays you produce, direct, act in and the many volunteers you inspire. I love the idea of starting a dialogue about engaging volunteers. So many of our members also belong to PMI (Project Management Institute) Chapters, as well as other organizations. How would you like to start a column with the title you just came up with: “grateful leadership in a volunteer environment”? It’s a critical topic, I think. And like the interview with Maggie that you commented on, either on Facebook or LinkedIn, a volunteer’s entire “paycheck” is appreciation.

    Just out of curiosity, do you remember our English teacher Mrs. Diaz in 7th grade? She always wrote in big letters on all of my compositions, “WORDY”. Now I get to be “wordy” for a purpose! Thanks for appreciating the work we do here to make the world a better place. And thanks for joining in! I know you will make a big difference in our community. Best, Judy

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #7810
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    Tom, I’m sorry this didn’t work out the way you wanted it to. But I must say that your post today made me feel a bit guilty — when you had said you were applying for a new position, I offered to write you a reference letter. But although I had been thinking about it, I let too much time go by. Would it have made a difference? We will never know, but I’m not taking a chance this time! So here it is, in entirety, for the world to see! 🙂 I will also send a copy to you via email so you can have it for future opportunities, for whatever it may be worth:

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Tom Kiley attended a presentation offered by International Institute for Learning (IIL) on the subject of Grateful Leadership, an initiative launched with the book on the subject that had been published in 2013 (www.gratefulleadership.com). He entered a contest that we held and won an Honorable Mention, based on his background in the military and his training in the conviction that perfection was the norm. This had made it challenging for him to be a leader at his corporation who could motivate people to do their best and engage them fully in their work. He wanted to make some changes. So he came to the presentation with an open mind, heart and spirit and has proved himself to be an extremely emotionally intelligent, generously contributory and committed individual.

    I would describe his work ethic and personality in terms of a tool we use in our Grateful Leadership work, the 5 Cs, but I will apply them to Tom’s character in this case:

    Consciousness – he is one of the most emotionally aware and mindfully conscious individuals I have had the pleasure to meet through my work. He consistently reaches out to others in the Center for Grateful Leadership, our community geared to expanding this leadership model, to offer his support, coaching, and personal stories that might be of help or interest to others.
    Choice – he has chosen to be a fully active and engaged member of the Center for Grateful Leadership community, and has inspired many people to take positive actions in their work and personal lives.
    Courage – what he has shared in terms of his personal journey takes much courage to be as vulnerable as he has, and by allowing himself to come forth in that way, he makes it clear to others that they can do this as well. He inspires them to be grateful leaders.
    Communications – he communicates a thoughtful, heartfelt story on our website every week, and more and more people are responding to these and sharing their own stories. It is clear what the personal benefit to the readers is when they follow Tom’s posts.
    Commitment – he has made clear his intention to share his journey with others, and to do this in a way that inspires and motivates them. His contribution has been undeniable. We are very fortunate that he has embraced the Grateful Leadership initiative in such a power way.

    In short, Tom is without a doubt a truly inspiring and grateful leader, one who is committed to his people and to their growth, development and wellbeing on the job. It’s not that it comes easily or naturally to him, and this is what makes him such a wonderful model of this form of leadership. He works at it and does everything possible to stay conscious of the opportunities for all the gratitude and acknowledgment that he can deliver. He doesn’t miss an opportunity to acknowledge people for their contributions, where many others might. This is what is so inspiring about him.

    Any team that has him as its leader is a lucky one.

    Sincerely,
    Judith W. Umlas
    Senior Vice President, Author, Facilitator
    International Institute for Learning, Inc.

    in reply to: Putting POA and GL into practice in our families #7802
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    Dear Ilona,

    You and your husband Andrew are so generous to share your challenges and your progress with all of us. I’m so glad that you acknowledged your father for making the time to discuss such important family issues. We all know (from my past experiences in Finland), that even though it doesn’t feel comfortable for Finnish people to give or to accept appreciation, it is a basic human need to know that we are valued. You and Andrew are both very brave for being willing to allow yourselves to be vulnerable.

    The conversation between Tom Kiley and Andrew was one that “knocked my socks off” — if you remember what that expression means, Ilona! 🙂 That was such a powerful, generous exchange, and for men to open up in the ways that they did is truly amazing and admirable. I am delighted to have all of you participating so fully in what the CGL has to offer. I think you have even created some new ways for us to give and get support from this wonderful community of like-minded, open-hearted people. I’m so glad you joined!

    in reply to: Live Q & A session September 20 #6660
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    We are so pleased to have Patricia Rife-Beavers, Ph.D., Collegiate Professor, PMAN Program University of Maryland University College Graduate School as a guest at our live Center for Grateful Leadership Q&A session. She is the professor who adopted The Power of Acknowledgment for her Project Communications Management courses at UMUC over a decade ago and has kept it as “required reading” ever since! IIL honored her by bestowing one of the its desirable Acknowledgment Ambassador Awards back in March, 2016 when Judy was brought in to deliver a Grateful Leadership keynote for Women’s History Month. Here is Judy’s blog post about this experience: http://www.gratefulleadership.com/dream-come-true/

     

    Come hear Dr. Rife-Beavers explain why she feels it is so important to expose as many students as possible to this important message.

    in reply to: Live Q & A session September 20 #6659
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    Haha! That’s so awesome Tom! Love the BNI reference too. 🙂

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