November 2015

Express Appreciation.  Often!

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  - William Arthur Ward

As we begin to celebrate this holiday season, it's a great time to refocus on the importance and the power of leadership appreciation. 

A talented CEO brought up the subject of appreciation in one of our coaching sessions several years ago.  He reminded me of the importance of specific words and their meanings.  It’s not often that I hear an executive leader talk about appreciation.  They usually speak of recognition or thanking their people, but rarely appreciating them.  It’s one thing to thank employees and quite another to appreciate them.  Appreciation is so much more expansive and meaningful.  It takes greater thought and intention. 

He was right.

He also noted recently that when he goes through a rough patch or a difficult time, it's frequently hard to put those difficulties aside and continue to show the same level of appreciation.  That's reality.  What's important is that he recognizes it, allowing him to recover and reach beyond his immediate difficulties to continue his focus on genuine appreciation. 

Season of Gratitude

What better time to begin the practice of showing appreciation than in this season of gratitude and thankfulness.   Can you remember the last time you expressed your appreciation to someone in your life?   When was the last time you felt truly appreciated by someone?  What did they say or do that allowed you to feel appreciated?  How can we show our appreciation more thoughtfully beginning this month?

I have a reflection tool in my book, Simple Shifts that describes several ways of using reflection to clarify goals and measure progress.  The year-end reflection exercise initiates a look back over the past year to recognize accomplishments and identify new possibilities.  It can also be used to identify specific ways to appreciate yourself and your team.  Here are a few of the questions from that chapter:

  • What am I most grateful for in this last year?  
  • What were my key lessons learned?
  • What insights have I gained this year that I'm most grateful for?
  • How can I show that gratitude or appreciation in the best ways?
  • What relationships can I further strengthen before the end of this year?

As I reflect on my appreciation for each of you, as readers and/or clients, I want you to know how much I appreciate your wonderful feedback when something in one of these newsletters touches you or gives you a new idea. 

Your appreciation energizes me to continue writing.  I know you have many choices of things to read, with limited time, and I sincerely appreciate your continued connection to me.  

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. - Voltaire

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