Leaders say, “Thank you.”

A regular fixture in my speaking engagements and my work as a coach is my reminder that leaders need to own our reality and be mindful of how the real and imagined demands can lead us into a pace of working that is not sustainable. I suggest that the fast pace we keep can contribute to reactivity and poor decision-making. We need to get control of ourselves and think through decisions to ensure we choose the optimal course of action and not just the obvious one.

A side effect to the crazy pace many keep is that we easily see what’s wrong and miss the stuff that’s right. As folks in the US head into a holiday meant for “Thanks-Giving” it’s a good time for all of us to remember that we have much to gain, personally and professionally, from practicing gratitude on a regular basis.

Recent studies on gratefulness demonstrate that practicing gratitude has a positive effect on both mental and physical health. It also goes a long way in keeping teams and key players engaged and performing at a high level. (No one ever complains about getting too much positive feedback or thanks!)

So if you’d like to begin feeling more optimistic, more socially satisfied, less envious and in a better mood, start expressing gratitude through your words and deeds. You may find that you also start feeling better, sleeping better, and wanting to get out and move around (exercise) more. It’s good for you and good for business.

As I write this I am tremendously grateful for the family and friends who love me and whom I get to love. I am grateful for the opportunity to do work that doesn’t feel like work with terrific people around the world.

With great thanks,


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