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  • in reply to: I need your help! #8949
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Harry, these are great action statements to drive forth our commitment to Grateful Leadership wherever we are! Thanks for posting them.

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8940
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Hi Tom. I’m so glad you took my suggestion(s) as they were meant…to go the extra mile (quite literally in the case of the proposed weekender). So either the video or the trip would be great, but if you’re counting votes, and since as you say this could be your last visit ( “The hard part is that I knew then I may not be able to see him again.  His health has been deteriorating steadily this past year.”), I would vote for the trip. You will then know that you have done all you can do, and that’s worth TWO gold hearts! You will never have any regrets then. You’re a special person, Tom. And I’m honored to know you. Best, Judy

    in reply to: Positive Psychology Acrostic #8936
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Don, thanks for sharing this handy/helpful acrostic with us! Ever since you first interviewed me for the Positive Psychology Newsletter following the publication of the Grateful Leadership book (http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/donald-officer/2013050125898), you and I have both sensed the alignment of Positive Psychology and Grateful Leadership. Thanks for pursuing the opportunities to make this evident in this newer (for us) world. I think ultimately that Grateful Leadership can and should find a real “home” in this realm. PERMA makes this all the more dramatically clear! And thanks for your ongoing contributions to our community. We are most appreciative! Best, Judy

     

    in reply to: I need your help! #8935
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    That’s a lovely tag line! Marketing needs a brief title for the actual presentation. Thanks for submitting this idea and I totally agree with what you said. Best, Judy

    in reply to: I need your help! #8934
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Nice ideas, Heather! I really like “Grateful Commitment” a lot. But I’m still looking at others that are coming in. Thanks so much!

    in reply to: I need your help! #8929
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Nice entries, Dov! I like the one about Commitment starting with the “C or the U” but am not sure people will get it without the explanation. But it has possibilities! Let’s keep these entries coming!

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8927
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Tom, your post is wonderfully important and deeply moving. I’m so proud of you for “knocking your father’s socks off” in the best sense possible. It really sounds like both you and he are “complete” with your relationship now. But you know I’m by nature someone who tends to try to go above and beyond when it comes to acknowledgment, and sometimes I make a little mischief while I’m at it. 🙂

    And because you are so eminently coachable (I’m basing this on our experience when  you won an hour of coaching for your submission in the contest for the best excuse for withholding acknowledgment – and you have come such a long way), I will be bold enough to make two further suggestions to you.

    The first is pretty easy: have someone record a cell phone video of you relating all that you communicated, speaking directly to your father. Be specific, cite instances of his dedication, his decency and what you remember that helped shaped you; tell stories. It should be 3 – 5 minutes maximum. Once recorded and you are satisfied with it, send it to someone close to him who can share it with him on a regular basis. Something like this is not just for one time use, I’m sure. I don’t know if your Mom is tech savvy and has an iPhone, but that would be ideal. And let her offer to play it for him every now and then. It will bring him great and continuous joy.

    Now here’s the mischievous suggestion which I base on some personal experiences: Last summer, my husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, plus one landmark birthday each. So we held a big bash for friends and relatives in New York at which we were renewing our wedding vows. People came in from all over…except it looked like one of my darling nephews  in California who was doing a residency program to become a psychiatrist wasn’t going to be able to make it. I certainly understood the distance and intense work pressure, but I was very sad that Eric would be the only one of my brother’s four sons who wouldn’t be there with us. And then he created what for me was a miracle. He did a 24 hour round trip from CA to NY on the weekend of our party and I can’t begin to tell you what it meant to my husband and to me when he delivered one of the blessings for us at the ceremony.

    Also just two weeks ago, I took a round trip flight in one day from Amsterdam where I was staying for both business and personal reasons, to Lyon, France to see my 92 year old French “father” – the husband of my mother’s pen pal of 70 years with whom I lived for a summer when I was 18. My French “mother” passed away about five years ago, but Mario and I have stayed in touch via Facebook Messenger videos through the commitment of a young and dear family friend, Fabrice. But seeing my elderly friend in person was a joyful reunion, totally exhausting but so well worth it for both of us.  Just my being there let him know how important he was to me.

    And so I am planting a seed of possibility for you. Just a thought, dear Tom… You are young and active enough to bale hay, and spry enough to handle a trip of this nature!

    And you’ve already done a great job! All the best, Judy

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by JudyUmlasJudyUmlas.
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Hi Dale! It’s great to hear from you — I remember you from one of my first classes at Volvo on “Leadership and the Power of Acknowledgment.” You were a great contributor!

    I think the film you are searching for is “Great Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReRcHdeUG9Y “although the one suggested by Tom Kiley looks interesting as well.

    Please do stay involved with us here at the CGL — I won’t ever forget how you urged all the leaders at your Volvo facility to take our course (we have it up under “testimonials” on the CGL). I’m deeply grateful to you for your willingness to speak directly from your heart.  Don’t ever lose that! With gratitude, Judy

    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Francisco, you have beautifully described the challenging, but ultimately so rewarding, journey of becoming a certified instructor of the Grateful Leadership courses. You made me work very, very hard with the additional complexity of language issues, but you taught me a lot as well. For example, I have known for a while that none of the “romance languages” (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) has the equivalent of the word “acknowledgment” in them. So you came up with the creative idea of calling it “recognition from the heart,” which I approved. And we also agreed that you would do your best to teach them the full meaning of our word. So I see that you have done both, based on the transcripts of the videos of your practice sessions. You really do have the gift, Francisco, and we are so honored to have you teaching this critical message. May there be many more assignments for you, and maybe one day we will co-present in Mexico, which would be a pleasure. Thanks for writing this – I think it will encourage others to begin their journey in this powerful direction. With gratitude, Judy

    in reply to: Team Acknowledgment Suggestion #8804
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Hi Todd! It was great meeting you at the symposium! I knew you would have a real contribution to make to our community of inspired and inspiring people. This is a great suggestion and one that seems easy to implement. Thanks for sharing it with us. How about adding a photo to your profile so wee can “see” you! 🙂

    in reply to: The waterfall effect #8799
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Harry, it’s such an honor have you volunteer to be the Communications Board Moderator! I’m thrilled to have you with us on a regular basis. Harry writes monthly acrostics for the CGL and they are awesome. Check out his special page on the Member Articles link. And back in the day, he was a moderator for the allPM.com site that he helped me grow from 10,000 when IIL first acquired it to 125,000 members. Let’s do it again, Harry, this time with the CGL! Please congratulate Harry for stepping up to the plate! Now we just have to hit that home run, with all of our members’ great help!

    in reply to: The waterfall effect #8798
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Tom, how great to see you back! We’ve missed your regular posts and comments. I was just reviewing your “best excuse for withholding acknowledgment” entry into our contest in 2016 —  https://gratefulleadership.com/and-the-winner-is-tom-kiley-project-leader-sandvik-special-metals/ . This led to your getting “first prize” which was a coaching session with me, which I happily and proudly say (based on what you said and the changes that occurred) made a real difference for you and your most positive impact on the world! I will be citing your best excuse when I deliver the keynote for the PMI NJ Chapter on Monday on “Going from Cowardly Lion to Lion-Hearted Leader.” Thanks for the great material! 🙂

    in reply to: The waterfall effect #8797
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Francisco, this is a beautiful, inspiring story! I’m very proud how deeply you have absorbed both Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment. You will accomplish great things with people throughout Mexico, I’m sure. You’re on your way toward becoming a certified Grateful Leadership instructor — of that I’m very positive.

    in reply to: A good learning for my life #8770
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Francisco, this story is so wonderfully moving and inspiring. In such a short time, you have truly discovered “The Power of Acknowledgment.” I’m delighted to be training you to be a Grateful Leadership instructor for IIL in Mexico — based on this story alone, I know you will be very successful. I see that you already have a case of what so many of us in the Center for Grateful Leadership have and wouldn’t give up for anything — the Power of Acknowledgment “fever.” And I must warn you, it is highly contagious, but only in the best ways possible! 🙂

    Welcome to the CGL, and please keep contributing! With gratitude, Judy

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8620
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Tom, that was a great story about showing gratitude especially in a situation that others might choose to tread lightly with. Vulnerability and transparency are awesome qualities to be embraced and embodied by a company such as yours, but they are still qualities that people need to be led or trained to celebrate. You did a great job with that, and it’s clear that others appreciated it. Your grateful leadership has clearly come with you to this next position, and you make me proud! Keep up the excellent work!

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