Podcast – The Art of Grateful Leadership

Hosted by Jim Trela

A weekly, Monday morning podcast by James Trela, a Project Management Professional (PMP) from a major automotive company. As a result of his high-impact experience in a Grateful Leadership On Demand course, Jim is committed to sharing the importance of Grateful Leadership and the Benefits of Acknowledgment. He wants to share examples and techniques so the listeners can use and improve their acknowledgment competencies. There will be Interviews with CGL members and others, describing how they have either acknowledged someone or have been acknowledged and the impact this created. The purpose is to explore what it takes to create a culture of appreciation where people work and in their daily lives.

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106 ~ Thanks Recognition and Acknowledgment

The focus of this episode is one of the key points of Grateful Leadership, the difference between simple thanks, recognition and acknowledgment Don’t get me wrong; Thanks, Recognition, and […]

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105 ~ Don Officer – Positive Psychology and Grateful Leadership Part 2

In this episode we continue the conversation with Donald Officer on the topic of Positive Psychology and Grateful Leadership   Keywords: #IWorkForGM; Art of Grateful Leadership; Power of Acknowledgment; […]

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104 ~ Don Officer – Positive Psychology and Grateful Leadership

Today I have the honor to talk to Donald Officer, regular contributor and author of the  Gratitude Connection for the Center for Grateful Leadership He is an active […]

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103 ~ Gratitude and Success

Welcome to the Art of Grateful Leadership Podcast   Did you ever walk into a situation that you thought would be horrible and walk out thanking the person or […]

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102 ~ Another Key to Acknowledgment

In my study of the Power of Acknowledgment, I’m always looking for a better, more powerful form of acknowledgment You know: Bigger, Stronger, Faster! But what I didn’t realize is that […]

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101 ~ Acknowledgment and Learning

  Welcome to the Art of Grateful Leadership Podcast We are now headed into our 2nd hundred episode, or essentially, our third year of production A couple days ago, […]

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100 ~ 100th Episode Celebration

Does the Art of Grateful Leadership podcast make a difference? This is always something on the mind of the host. When Judy Umlas found out that we were […]

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099 ~ You Already Acknowledge

Can you acknowledge someone at the point they first interact with you? Before you have really had any conversation or effect on you? You probably do this more than […]

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098 ~ Acknowledgment Is A Two-Way Street

Do you know that acknowledgment is a two-way street?   The art of accepting an acknowledgment should be practiced too. It is simple, but as they say, simple is […]

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097 ~ Correction By My Mentor – Acknowledge Someone for Who They Are

Welcome to the Art of Grateful Leadership podcast. One of the greatest aspects of being mentored is when the mentor looks deeply and gives the mentee a couple […]

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096 ~ Group Needing the Most Acknowledgment Today

Welcome to the Art Of Grateful Leadership Today, we’re going to talk about my experience with the group of people in the world that I believe needs the […]

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095 ~ Acknowledgment of a Respected Manager

Each of us has those people in our life that has made a profound impact on their career Have you ever thought of acknowledging them?   I think […]

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094 ~ Acknowledgment is a Conscious Choice

In my last episode, I mentioned that I recently had the privilege of Jury Duty The case was not fun, as crime never is.   During my time […]

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093 ~ Acknowledgment of a Jury

Welcome to the Art of Grateful Leadership Podcast   Acknowledgment can take place anywhere Even in the Jury Room Resulting from a trial   Let me tell you […]

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092 ~ Inspiration During Hard Times

In this episode, I want to turn towards those that inspire us during hard times. And, if you are from Detroit, you probably heard that some of us […]

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091 ~ Turning Things Around

In this episode I want to turn things around a little bit… I would imagine that most of the people listening to this podcast are the “Acknowledgers”   […]

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090 ~ Life Events Bring Out Acknowledgment

Welcome the Art of Grateful Leadership Podcast This was a hard podcast to put together not because I’m not passionate about the topic but that it hits close […]

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089 ~ Acknowledge Every Chance You Get

Acknowledge people every chance you get.  This episode reinforces this thought.  You never know when you won’t see someone again.   Keywords: #IWorkForGM; Art of Grateful Leadership; Power […]

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088 ~ Guest Podcast Host Susan Parente – Perfect Place for Acknowledgment

Today we have a guest podcast Host, Susan Parente I Interviewed her in September of 2018 for the podcast and she wanted to share some of her experiences with […]

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087 ~ Cant Help But Acknowledge

There are some times when you just can’t help acknowledging someone. There was just such a day recently. We were coming to the end of the year and there […]

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086 ~ Guest Podcast Host Judy Umlas – From Humble Beginnings

In this episode, we have a very special guest podcast host, Ms. Judith W. Umlas, the founder of the Center for Grateful Leadership Let us listen to Judy […]

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085 ~ More on Acknowledgment and Employee Engagement

In this episode we are going to add more to our discussion on Employee Engagement and Acknowledgment   In a January 4, 2018 Forbes article, Mike Kappel, wrote […]

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084 ~ Acknowledging Strangers

In this episode we will talk about how to strengthen your Acknowledgment skills Whether you’re a seasoned veteran at acknowledging people Or just beginning your acknowledgment journey   […]

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083 ~ Whom Should I Acknowledge

The topic for this episode is Whom should I acknowledge?   Many times I’ve heard Why should I acknowledge the person for doing that? They are just doing […]

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082 ~ Who Me

Welcome to the Art of Grateful Leadership Podcast   There are many people that think about Grateful Leadership and then think: Well, I’m not a manager in my […]

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081 ~ Appreciation and Employee Retention

In this episode we are going to focus on the topic of Appreciation and Employee Retention Is there a relationship between the two? In other words: Do people really […]

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080 ~ The Best Time of the Year for Acknowledgments

This episode is about this time of year and how it is just built for Acknowledgment   As we head into the last part of the year, we should […]

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079 ~ Guest podcast host – Roxi Nevin

Welcome to the Art of Grateful Leadership podcast In this episode, we have a guest podcast host Here’s Roxi Nevin to tell us how the path to success […]

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078 ~ Surprised by Acknowledgment

Welcome to the Art of Grateful Leadership Podcast In this episode, we’re going to discuss how natural Acknowledgment is and how some people can do it, without taking […]

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077 ~ Acknowledgment and Employee Engagement and REtention

I was speaking to Judy Umlas the other day about a presentation I’m going to give and one of the items that came up was the question: Have […]

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076 ~ Mentoring and Acknowledgment

In this episode I’d like to open up a topic on Mentoring and Acknowledgment There is such a strong link between the two that I feel the need […]

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075 ~ Agile and the Grateful Servant Leader with Susan Parente

In this episode, we are going to continue our conversation with Susan Parente What is the Topic? The Agile Methodology of Project Management and how important both Servant Leadership […]

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074 ~ Servant Leadership with Susan Parente

In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Susan Parente Not only is Susan an outstanding Agile Trainer and Coach She is also a proponent of […]

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073 ~ Guest Podcast Host – Donald Officer

Today we have another guest podcast host, Mr. Donald Officer – an outspoken advocate on the topic of Positive Psychology He is here to introduce us to Louisa […]

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072 ~ Guest Podcast Host – Judy Umlas

In this episode, Judy Umlas is given the reins of the Art of Grateful Leadership podcast to tell us where the Center for Grateful Leadership is headed and […]

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071 ~ Seven Principles – 7 Supercharge Your acknowledgments

In this episode, we are completing our discussion of the seven principles of acknowledgement as presented in Judy Umlas’ book: Grateful Leadership Using the power of acknowledgment to […]

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070 ~ Seven Principles – 6 Acknowledgment and Health

In this episode, we continue with our series on the Seven Principles of Acknowledgment from Judy Umlas’ book Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All […]

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069 ~ Seven Principles – 5 Acknowledgment Makes A Profound Difference

Welcome to the Art of Grateful Leadership Podcast   Judy Umlas In her book: Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve […]

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068 ~ Seven Principles – 4 Acknowledgment Energizes People

We continue with the Seven Principles of Acknowledgment Today we are on Principle #4 – Acknowledgment Energizes People – Lack of Acknowledgment Diminishes Them   Here’s what Judy Umlas […]

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067 ~ Seven PRinciples – Neutralize Jealousy and Envy

Today’s ever increasing “busy-ness” affects us all Yes, even us podcasters. The fall is almost upon us. I don’t know about you, but my life becomes busier in the […]

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066 ~ Acknowledgments Lead to Trust and Powerful Interactions

Today we are going to continue our series on the seven principles of acknowledgment As found in Judy Umlas’ book Grateful Leadership   This episode is about the […]

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065 ~ Many Deserve Though Few Receive Acknowledgment

Judy Umlas has written three books, all of them on Acknowledgment and Acknowledgment in Leadership In her second book, Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to  Engage […]

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064 ~ Acknowledgment Can Never Be Routine

I have heard people talk about acknowledgment And the fact that if you acknowledge too often, you will cheapen it. It will no longer be seen as valuable […]

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063 ~ Kindness at a High School Soccer Meeting

High School Sports are very competitive. Kindness is also important, especially for a new student at the school.  Let me tell you about a meeting I went to […]

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