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  • in reply to: Introduce Yourself! #9224

    Hello Stephanie, and welcome aboard! It is good to hear you say how acknowledgment has become a daily thought. I had the same reaction when I became ‘aware’ after IPM Day 2015. And it’s funny, once you realize the power of acknowledgment, and apply it in your daily routine you can then see how the gratitude and acknowledgments affect so many people and the results they bring. And then the next step is to see others acknowledge others! I get such a great feeling when I see the reaction of someone I have the opportunity to acknowledge. And I have now come to appreciate when I see other people, either friends family or just complete strangers acknowledge someone for reasons they feel are worthy to acknowledge. Being a spectator of an acknowledgment is just as good as being the one giving acknowledgment. It’s great to experience it all, and I hope you enjoy it all as I do.

    in reply to: A powerful day for giving thanks. #9203

    Ok, so after I submitted this post I received a separate post from a friend which I would like to share.



    by Jon Gordon

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week I’d love to share with you the benefits and power of two simple words. THANK YOU.

    They are two words that have the power to transform our health, happiness, athletic performance and success. Research shows that grateful people are happier and more likely to maintain good friendships. A state of gratitude, according to research by the Institute of HeartMath, also improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically. It’s actually physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. When you are grateful you flood your body and brain with emotions and endorphins that uplift and energize you rather than the stress hormones that drain you.

    Gratitude and appreciation are also essential for a healthy work environment. In fact, the number one reason why people leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. A simple thank you and a show of appreciation can make all the difference.

    Gratitude is like muscle. The more we do with it the stronger it gets. In this spirit here are five ways to practice Thanksgiving every day of the year.

    1. Take a Daily Thank You Walk – I started this practice 15 years ago and it changed my life. Take a simple 10-30 minute walk each day and say out loud what you are thankful for. This will set you up for a positive day. I wrote more about this in The Positive Dog.

    2. Meal Time Thank You’s – On Thanksgiving, or just at dinner with your friends and family, go around the table and have each person, including the kids at the little table, say what they are thankful for.

    3. Gratitude Visit – Martin Seligman, Ph.D., the father of positive psychology, suggests that we write a letter expressing our gratitude to someone. Then we visit this person and read them the letter. His research shows that people who do this are measurably happier and less depressed a month later.

    4. Say Thank You at Work – When Doug Conant was the CEO of Campbell Soup he wrote approximately 30,000 thank you notes to his employees and energized the company in the process. Energize and engage your co-workers and team by letting them know you are grateful for them and their work. Organizations spend billions of dollars collectively on recognition programs but the best and cheapest recognition program of all consists of a sincere THANK YOU. And of course don’t forget to say thank you to your clients and customers too.

    5. Say Thank you and Goodnight – At bedtime reflect on your day, identify and share all that you are thankful for.

    (Note: If you have children you can read Jon Gordon’s book Thank You and Goodnight with them and add to it. )


    Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world.  His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits.  He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark and The Goldfish, Soup, The Seed, and The Positive Dog.  Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers.  Check out his website at

    in reply to: New to the Site #9181

    Welcome aboard Terri!  Your testimonial sounds a bit similar to my journey.  I started in 2015 when I listened to Judy’s presentation at the IPM Day.  She had a contest that I won and had an hour consult with her.  I must say that my life has changed, let alone my ability to acknowledge people for not only what they do, but for who they are.  I hope that your participation here at CGL will be as rewarding for you as it has been for me.  As for the menagerie, I am a native born New Yorker, who served 22 years in the Navy and traveled everywhere and picked up a wife, kids, dogs, cats, horses (as many as 24 at one time!) along the way.  Started out as a submariner and became husband, father, horse breeder, veterinarian, animal hauler, 4H dad and a ton more.  So I understand the menagerie duties well!  I look forward to many discussions about acknowledgment and horses!

    in reply to: Introduce Yourself! #9143

    Welcome aboard Sudhakar! It’s nice to meet you!

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8987

    Good day all! Well, another week, another chance to acknowledge someone in a unique way. Last Friday I had the opportunity to give back to some of those who gave so much to us all; some veterans living at a veteran’s home.
    As I’ve mentioned in the past, my wife has MS, and needs assistance getting around. She needed a new mobility scooter since the one she uses now is beat to H-E-double hockey sticks. So I bought a new scooter, which unfortunately was too small. It has a very low ground clearance and cannot make it over the thresholds in our old farm house. We were going to return it for another, but experienced a lot of difficulties and pushback to return it. So we talked and talked and came up with a great idea. Let’s donate it. But to whom? As it turns out, there is a veteran’s home in town that houses 5 older vets in various levels of health. I contacted the leader of the group who jumped at the chance to get some help for his guys.
    So, this past Friday, I loaded the scooter into our truck, then loaded the wife into the truck and headed to town. When we got there, we met the nicest bunch of men you could ever meet. They did have a lot of obvious health issues, but that didn’t stop them from greeting us outside. We got the scooter off the truck, went over the controls and gave up the key. I tell you, these three guys there at the time transformed from older veteran men with health issues into little kids at Christmas! They tested it out for stability and turning radius, and all that. Then the speed testing commenced. Up and down the street, back and forth. 3 of the biggest smiles you could find. There wasn’t anything wrong in life for a while. I got to talk to all of them, individually and as a group. They were all very appreciative of the gift. My wife and I both said that we were so appreciative of their service to our country; one was army, one navy and the one with the scooter who wouldn’t give it up I believe was air force. The leader of the housing group wanted photos, but we said take the pics of these guys. This is all about them, not us.
    I can tell you, my wife and I still have smiles on our faces from seeing these guys get something they so badly need. This was more evidence that a good heartfelt acknowledgment doesn’t always have to be in words. Sometimes they can be a smile, or an electric powered speed machine with a basket and headlights.

    Take care all!

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8972

    Hello all. I missed the gathering last week for the July Q&A, which I usually don’t like doing, because the sharing and fellowship with each other is very rewarding. But this time I had a good reason to miss it.
    Each month throughout the summer, we have a barbeque for the employees, to thank them for all the great work they do. It doesn’t need to be anything extravagant, just thoughtful. July was not Maintenance’s turn, but the team that had the turn were all going to be out performing off-site audits of sister facilities. So, Maintenance to the rescue.
    I took the chance to put on a big meal of burgers, hot dogs, pasta salad and for the special treat, I had barbequed beef short ribs. My wife and I bought a full cow of beef in the winter which will last forever. So what better way to thank the employees than give them some fresh barbeque right off the ranch? And instead of having the maintenance team take time from their work in the plant, I did all the cooking, prepping and cleanup, with a little help to set up the tent and bring the soft drinks.
    It went over very well. It was hot, like 104°F hot, and then the grill was even hotter! But everyone enjoyed the food, and the chance to sit down with each other and have a good time. As they went through the line I thanked them for their work and once in a while I could give a more focused appreciation for specific events as they passed through, trying to make the acknowledgment as personal as possible. I even got to thank my boss. After it was over, he thanked me for all the work, and reminded me to put the receipts through so the company could reimburse. I told him “No.” He asked why, and I told him that I was very grateful for the way he leads the facility, and the way the admin team works so well together. I told him this was my way of acknowledging the efforts the entire plant puts forth every day to be so safe, and so productive. He just smiled.
    So, I will do the best to be here next month, unless I have the opportunity to acknowledge someone(s).

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8938

    Mischievous? No, not at all. In fact I have made 2 weekenders back, 2007 and 2013. The latter trip I brought my son with me. 3 Tom Kiley’s, all veterans in one place; Dad (USAF) me (USN) and my son Tom (USA). So it isn’t mischievous to me! And I’ve been looking at that possibility again. The video is a great idea. I will look into that possibility. Thank you for thinking about that.

    As for the hay, well I let the tractor do all the work. I just drive and drink the coffee!

    in reply to: Introduce Yourself! #8937

    Welcome aboard Arianna!

    in reply to: I need your help! #8933

    I’ve been thinking about this since you asked for a catch phrase.  How bout this one?

    “A commitment to acknowledge is a commitment to yourself, your team and to the world around you.”

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8892

    Hello all.  Been a while since I posted anything.  I have been busy with a new job, with new projects and challenges to go with learning the new policies.

    So I would like to share a personal challenge that I haven’t wanted to participate in.  First let me ask, “What is the hardest acknowledgment to make?  ‘Hardest’ can mean many things.  In my case, hardest is acknowledging my father’s contributions to my life and successes.  Here is why.

    Dad is 87 years old, plus.  He has been the husband to my mom for 61 years.  He has been the man, the Dad, the ‘guy stuff’ guy in my life.  He showed me how to be fair, honest and decent.  I say ‘showed’ because he taught me through watching him be fair, honest and truthful.  He took me to Yankee Stadium where I was able to watch Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris play.  If you don’t recognize the names, they are 2 of the all time greatest baseball players.  My Dad is my hero.  Of course with age comes health issues, and he has more than his share of them.  If you could list them alphabetically, he has something for almost every letter from A-Z.  He has a litany of doctors all across Long Island, NY.  And because of his inability to walk, he is on a first name basis with most of the local fire department who come to help him get up after he falls.  (His ‘w’ issue is weight).  His heart is weak but made of complete gold.

    So, when I called him for his 61st anniversary, I wanted to acknowledge his contributions to my life.  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.  My Mom is the kind of person who sees every concern, or hardship as a reason to have ice cream.  You know, make the sad times happy.  Turn that frown upside down and smile, smile, smile.  But when I spoke to her she said she was worried about Dad.  That means there is true concern for his health.  So when Dad got to the phone, I became the ice cream man.  Happy and fun conversation.  I knew he can’t stay on the phone too long since it drains him to do much of anything for too long.  I acknowledged him for the great job he did raising me, and thanked him for being my hero.  He then thanked me for being so kind to say those things.  I felt happy to make him feel good, but sad because I don’t know if I can do it again.  I live in Washington State and he is in Long Island, NY – about 2600 miles apart.  And new jobs don’t come with lots of vacation time.

    So I gave Dad the knock your socks off acknowledgment he greatly deserves.  It did make him feel really good.  It made me feel good and sad.  Talk about the 5 C’s I was conscious that my acknowledgment was way overdue, so I chose to finally do so for his 61st anniversary call.  It took great amount of courage to do so without the lump in the throat and everywhere else.  I chose the best method to communicate, since he doesn’t get on the computer much anymore.  And I made the biggest commitment to myself that I better get off my derriere and get it done.

    As sad as it was when I hung up, I still felt really good that I finally acknowledged my hero.

    Thank you for letting me get personal!

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    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8814

    HEllo all.  Judy had a great post in the facebook page about acknowledgment and millennials.  That hit home!  In fact it reminded me of something back in 1996 when my son was just ten.  I posted the following there, and thought it might be good to share it here as well.  And here a plug to go to the grateful leadership page in facebook!


    “Once again you hit it square on the head Judy! We need acknowledgment as much as recognition. Maybe more so. I remember in 1996, my son was 10 and the little league team he was on needed a manager. I was the last one asked, and had no choice but to say yes. And I loved it. At the end of the season, we received all the participation trophies for the players to give at a pizza feed. So when the boxes were empty, we handed out the trophies. The kids all came up and had the requisite smile for getting what they knew they would get regardless of how many wins or losses we had. After they were all done, the coach said we have one more. The kids all perked up, which surprised me. After all the other trophies why was this one special. Then they came over to me and gave me a different trophy, one they pitched in themselves to get. They were so grateful for my stepping up to the plate to be their manager, since no one else would. The boy whose parents didn’t want their son to get hurt as a catcher, who I taught how to be a catcher. The girls who got to play as much as anyone else, all of them. And their parents who I initially called chickens. These children had so much gratitude for me being there for them. And it took your post above to help me remember that. So I thank you for that as well! So when anyone says that millennials don’t care for or want to give acknowledgment, I got a little league story for them.”

    in reply to: The waterfall effect #8784

    This is a great story!  It always feels good to see the reaction to a heartfelt acknowledgment, especially when the reaction includes the kind of improved attention to detail you described.  Thank you for sharing Francisco!

    in reply to: Hey! How about another challenge! #8768

    Hello again all!  I first would like to acknowledge one of my pets for his support this past weekend.  He is a 2 yr old boxer, the runt of the litter.  His name is Amadeus.  Being the runt has not stopped him from being full of vim and vigor, and lost of energy!  He spent the entire weekend with me during spring cleaning in my basement, which I should have done maybe 6 or 7 springs ago!  He was there to keep my spirits up every time I brought trash outside and returned to see I hadn’t made much of a dent.  “Oh look! An old tennis ball!”  “Oh look! Children socks!”  “Oh look!  I don’t know what that is but it looks fun to play with!”  He kept me laughing and happy especially when I would find where the mice had been.  Yes, old farmhouses do have mice.

    I want to share an acknowledgement I was told last week about my now 7 year old granddaughter, Larissa.  She had been a bit of a bully in school.  Different reasons which I won’t go into here, but her early years were not all that fun.  I gave my daughter Christine the copy of Judy’s book “You’re Totally Awesome!” that I received from Judy and Roxi last Christmas.  (Thank you so much again!)My daughter had read it to her and let her read it as well.

    So I was talking to my daughter about Larissa and she told me that with her guidance and stories from the book,  Larissa has been going through a transformation.  Larissa had a new student in her class, who was going through the typical shyness of being new.  Larissa went to her and gave her a hug and welcomed her to the class.  That is something she hasn’t done much, so for her to step up and take the challenge of acknowledging a new student I think is fantastic!

    Have a great week!  You deserve it.

    in reply to: March Live Q&A Recording is up! #8679

    Fantastic!  Thank you Roxi, and thank you to Mario for allowing this to go ‘viral’!  I can’t wait to share it!  (But I better wait until I get home from work!)


    Not sure if this is the right one, but it’s pretty good.


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