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  • in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8494
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Tom, as always, you make me so proud! I congratulate you for sticking to what you knew was right, and for really “getting” the acknowledgment you received for that! I remember a time when that would have been very challenging for you…

    By the way, did you ever see the “Conscious Grateful Leadership” presentation I did for IPMDay 2017? You were prominently featured in it, for your growth and development in this  area. Keep up the great work! And here’s the link I promised you to the video testimonial by Robert (Bob) Bulger, PfMP, PgMP, PMP who brought me in to train 450 project managers at the NANA Development Corp., where he was Vice President — Health, Safety, Environment, Quality & Enterprise Program Management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmfEp12nRZI

    And I’m sure your colleague must have read the 5 Cs poster on your door! Thanks for bringing it with you to your new job!

    With gratitude,

    Judy

    in reply to: Nice reference to Grateful Leadership #8493
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Thank you so much for posting the link to this excellent article. I hadn’t been aware of it, so I send you much appreciation for sharing it with all of us!

    With gratitude,

    Judy

    in reply to: I am grateful for… #8492
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Dear Linda – I was so surprised and delighted to get your truly heartfelt communication. It’s always so inspirational to receive this kind of feedback — it makes me want to do more, and more and more…

    We are honored and delighted to have you as a member of the CGL. I know by looking at your website that you have much to share with us! Please be sure to do so!  Please also feel free to email me at judy.umlas@iil.com if you have ideas for a specific contribution you would like to make to this community. And by the way, it looks as if the Rotary Club is very active in promoting a gratitude initiative. I hadn’t been aware of this before but saw all of the talks listed on your website. The Gratitude Quiz for Organizations also seemed very interesting. I would love to discuss these offerings with you.

    With gratitude as well, Judy

    in reply to: Meeting Mr. Thank You #8450
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Hi John! We are delighted that you will be joining us on our next live Q&A session to share your journey with your project of writing 5 thank you notes per day for an entire year. I know you will be a real role model for all of us! Looking forward to our interview on 11/29/17 at 2:00 pm.

    in reply to: Introduce Yourself! #8406
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Hi Shaundra,

    I want to personally welcome you to the Grateful Leadership initiative through the Center for Grateful Leadership. It’s so exciting that you have joined the CGL and that you are seeking stories for your book about the difference this leadership model has made. If you look at my  blog, you will see many such stories — also do check out the “Tell Me a Story Feature,” and of course Jim Trela’s fabulous weekly podcast, “The Art of Grateful Leadership.” Other members contribute on a regular basis — maybe you might want to consider that, since you are a writer! 🙂 Feel free to email me with your ideas at any time: judy.umlas@iil.com and for sure, you MUST come to our next live Q&A session on 11/29 at 2:00 pm ET. If you can make it, please be sure to have a microphone so we can have a voice to voice  interchange. If  you can’t manage that, texting will be fine. We are grateful to have you here among “kindred spirits,” Shaundra. Welcome!

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8362
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Tom, your acknowledgment stories were outstanding, and passed not one, but two “tests” of how heartfelt and authentic such communications are: the first gave me goose bumps, and the second made me cry! So you know you have achieved success with both, but honestly, you knew that without any input from me! You truly made a difference with the woman who speaks to so many unhappy customers. I know you will enjoy this blog post from some time ago that made a similar kind of differrence: https://gratefulleadership.com/pebbles-in-a-pond/

    Your idea of making sure the call was recorded was wonderful – obsessive as I am about such wonderful “gifts” getting to the right places, I’m wondering if you have the name of the person who helped you and whether you could get to a manager to make sure he or she listens to the call with your acknowledgment. Just a thought, and I know you have a few other things on your proverbial plate right now, with starting a new job and all that. And I know I speak for all when we wish you the best of luck. It’s wonderful that you are bringing Grateful Leadership to your new company. And please remember that I will be in your “neighborhood” in March, in case you would like to arrange a meeting or a training session.

    And I, too, have a first grader granddaughter and there is nothing more delightful than her appreciation of her “Nana.” In fact, I dedicated my kids’ book, “You’re Totally Awesome! The Power of Acknowledgment to Kids” to my little Lilith.

    By the way, I don’t know if we have your new email address – we want to be sure you are aware of our live Q&A session tomorrow. Please send it to judy.umlas@iil.com today if possible.  I realize it might be a stretch for you to be there, but as always, hope you can make it!

    Keep on posting, Tom! We truly value your participation!

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8333
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Tom, thank you for your intention to bring Grateful Leadership to Sandvik. You certainly accomplished some important things there such as the formation of the Grateful Appreciation and Recognition Group, and I am delighted to hear that your former boss is taking this on to continue it,  now that you have left the company. Please do your best to make sure that he joins the CGL and contributes to it in ways similar to yours. We would love that! Feel free to introduce us directly if you think that will help. You sent me his lovely photo with the poster of the 5 Cs right behind him — that was a good first sign! 🙂

    And let me speak for everyone in  wishing you a fabulous new job experience, and a wonderful opportunity to bring Grateful Leadership into a new corporate culture with you. Please keep contributing your weekly posts — they make a huge difference to all of us! And yes, I’m proud of you for accepting the praise that you received at Sandvik with an open heart. Well done! That was the kind of experience that you didn’t use to allow yourself before bringing Grateful Leadership into your life and work. So you are definitely one of our success stories!

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    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8295
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Tom, what a great story! I had one of the most awesome experiences of my career when I was brought to West Point to train US Army leaders in “Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment.” Just about all of them seemed to agree that acknowledgment is the “missing piece” in the military. Chaplain Major Primitivo Davis (featured in the Grateful Leadership book) even got funding for a suicide prevention project using the power of acknowledgment at an Army base. He has taken the message with him wherever he has gone because he does believe it’s so necessary. You, Tom, are demonstrating that, and I think we all have a special obligation and honor to acknowledge veterans. Thanks for carrying that out.

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8161
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Tom, you are certainly keeping this initiative present in people’s conscious awareness. Eventually you will find out what it takes to create the necessary action to have it be manifested on your team and throughout your company. I trust you to do that!  Your enthusiastic commitment is that clear! And of course, let me know what we can do to support your efforts!

    in reply to: A CGL Member-inspired addition to the 5 C's: The 4 P's #8120
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Dear Jim,

     

    You are very humble! What you have done is make a “Commitment” to being this forth at GM, no matter what obstacles you might need to overcome! And we all have these. If I were to tell you the number of times I have considered stopping this work because not enough people were coming on board,  or what ever was disappointing or stopping me at that moment, you would be shocked and dismayed.

    But from the beginning, I knew this was my passion and my purpose for being “here” — on this planet. I have had the extraordinary good fortune to have the support of IIL throughout this journey. And that has kept me going.

    And now you and others like you are keeping me going, filled with greater and greater hope and optimism…much of the time, and not always.

    Just your Commitment has incredible power, whether the result is achieved immediately or not. I am totally grateful to you and to the others making the Commitment you have. Your Purpose drives this mission, and your Passion, Patience, and Persistence will make it happen! I trust in and truly believe this.

    Hang in there! You’re doing a phenomenal job. You’re making an outstanding contribution.

    With gratitude, Judy

     

    P.S. Do any of you see a fifth “P”? Just for consistency. Just wondering… 🙂

     

    in reply to: Introduce Yourself! #8119
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Welcome, Stephanie! It’s great to have you on board at IIL, especially given the “resonance” you have with Grateful Leadership. I think you are a natural to be engaged in our initiative! We await and welcome your contributions and responses to the great posts we are getting from our members.

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8114
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Tom, what you wrote yesterday has actually inspired me to add a dimension to the fifth of the 5 Cs: Commitment. What you and some other “3M” (mightily motivated members) CGL people have come forth with in the Grateful Leadership initiative resides in this fifth C. From Michelle Madsen “demanding” that IIL institute a Grateful Leadership Trainer Certification so that she could teach the course to as many people as possibly at Volvo; to Jim Trela going right to the top of a major automotive company to bring our initiative powerfully into play there; to your going to your manager and organizing a Grass Roots movement at your huge global company — you all, and more and more other people out there as well — have taken the concept of Commitment to this leadership model in a way that does, or will, make a huge difference. You and others acting out of commitment have made me realize that the fifth C has a subset of qualities that must be utilized (I feel another “poster” coming on…) and I would call them the four Ps: Purpose, Passion, Persistence and Patience. You, Jim and Michelle plus a growing number of others, are creating and manifesting these critical qualities as as they relate to bringing forth Grateful Leadership as a company model. You make this journey that I began, with IIL’s total and generous support over a decade ago, a joy. You have made it my legacy, because you are making it possible for me to leave it you — to all of you. And I couldn’t be more grateful.

    I now invite everyone to communicate with us about the new and emerging “Four P’s”! In fact I am so eager to get all of our members’ (old and new) responses, that I am going to repost this as a new topic. Please join in this important discussion. What are you willing to do, what can you do, to bring forth the Grateful Leadership initiative in your workplace, in your schools, in your communities, in your families. We have all been given access to this gift. And it is truly the gift that keeps giving.

    Thanks, Tom, for your inspiration to write much more than I normally do 🙂 !

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8108
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Hi Tom! Thanks for these great references! Have you listened to Jim Trela’s podcast from this week on this very subject? I highly recommend his engaging dialogue with Dr. Harold Kerzner on this very important issue. We would welcome your comments on this!

    in reply to: The Grateful Leader & Humility #8084
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    Chuck, how great to hear from you after all this time! And I must say I was deeply moved to receive your thank you card just a week ago regarding the book club. A handwritten note like this one is really a treasure. Your writing to me several years after the meeting affirms the very important point that “it is NEVER too late for an acknowledgment.” In fact, it made me realize that this message had stayed with you all this time, which meant a great deal to me. Thanks for joining our community and I hope we will be able to do some (more) fantastic things to have Grateful Leadership take root in your company! Michelle Madsen has done a great job in keeping the fires burning. Keep connecting with us here!

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8083
    JudyUmlasJudyUmlas
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    What a great assessment of what’s missing from many leadership courses! And we at IIL are deeply honored that you have gotten enough value from the Grateful Leadership initiative to propose it to your leadership! Thank you for your invaluable support.

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