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Through our Newsletter, we share the latest and greatest books, articles, and other stories in leadership development from our experts. Our goal is to provide you, the reader, with the resources that can help you unleash your full potential. Happy reading!

From the Founders:

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Lyn Turknett - Co-founder and Co-chair, TLG

Your Guide to Cultivating Gratitude in the Workplace

By Total Wellness


"Unfortunately, gratitude is not often practiced in the workplace. According to a study by the John Templeton Foundation, people are less likely to express gratitude at work than almost anywhere else, and a startling 60% of people never express thanks at work. Because gratitude is linked to job satisfaction and overall feelings of positivity, this means that a lot of employees at your workplace might be feeling unappreciated and unsatisfied in their roles.


Although encouraging gratitude in the workplace might seem a bit challenging, we believe the benefits are completely worth the efforts. That’s why we wanted to make the job easier for you. We created this guide to help you promote gratitude among employees. With the help of this guide, we encourage you to launch a challenge at your workplace to cultivate the power of gratitude."

How Gratitude Can Transform Your Workplace

By Kira M. Newman


"The practice of gratitude—and its close sibling, appreciation—has started to infiltrate workplaces, from new software companies to older institutions like Campbell Soup, whose former CEO wrote 30,000 thank you notes to his employees. Though research on gratitude has exploded over the past two decades, studies of gratitude at work are still somewhat limited; results so far link it to more positive emotionsless stress and fewer health complaints, a greater sense that we can achieve our goalsfewer sick days, and higher satisfaction with our jobs and our coworkers.


While expressing thanks to colleagues might feel awkward or even at odds with some workplace cultures, many organizations have been developing innovative ways to overcome those barriers. Building on—and even getting out in front of—the existing research on gratitude at work, their efforts have identified concrete and important strategies for putting this research into practice. Their experiences suggest that building cultures of gratitude and appreciation can transform our work lives, leading to deeper connections to each other and to the work we’re doing."

More Powerful People Express Less Gratitude

By Eric Anicich and Alice Lee


"Research shows that people with power tend to express gratitude less than those without it. In organizations, this can result in employees feeling underappreciated and, in some cases, more likely to quit. To develop better habits around gratitude, leaders should understand the outsized impact a “thank you” can have, particularly in the era of remote work, and begin taking the perspective of others and leading by example. And if your boss doesn’t thank you enough, you can take steps to boost gratitude in your own life. Consider reaching out to old bosses and colleagues to say thank you and rekindle connections, or vocally boost the contributions of low-power employees in workplace settings."


The Benefits of Showing Gratitude in the Workplace

By Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.D.


"Have you ever worked in an organization and for a boss who just never seemed to value your contributions, no matter what you did, how hard you tried or even how innovative and productive you were? If so, you are in good company! While this is not a pleasant experience, the truth is that most of us have been there at one time or another. If you are among the lucky minority who haven’t, chances are you will have the “opportunity” to have your contributions dismissed, undervalued or even ignored at some point in the future.



And while it is frustrating to experience this as an employee, it is equally frustrating to see this play out among your team when you are in a leadership role. In my experience, most leaders do sincerely appreciate their people and even believe that they regularly show that gratitude and appreciation in meaningful ways. But that appreciation doesn’t always get communicated effectively, and often leaders can unintentionally and inadvertently undermine their people and cause them to feel unvalued."

Giving Thanks at Work: An HBR Guide

By Amy Gallo


"The research is clear: gratitude is good for you, for the person you’re saying thanks to, and for your team. But how should you express gratitude at work? How can you thank your colleagues in a meaningful way? In this piece, author Amy Gallo surfaces some of the best advice on giving thanks from the HBR archives. "

Gratitude

By Oliver Sacks


" I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”

No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks. 


During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death.


“It is the fate of every human being,” Sacks writes, “to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.”


Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.

From our Team:

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Tino Mantella - President & CEO, TLG

What I'm Reading

American Rascal

by Greg Steinmetz


Jay Gould was one of the wealthiest people of his time. His riches could be compared to Warren Buffet of today’s generation.

Gould, although a man of the 19th century, can be compared and contrasted with some of the wealthiest of this era.



He was brilliant and made his first fortune in his early 20’s. Icons like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt recognized his business acumen while others saw him as a greedy, unscrupulous leader. He was an exploiter of the economy, and was a contributor to the 1869 Black Friday market downfall. He would do anything he could to win and win big. Despite the impact on others. That all being said, he was a major influence on building the economy of that era.


Marty Gupta - VP of Strategic Services, TLG

What I'm Reading

The Upside of Uncertainty: A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown

By Nathan Furr and Susannah Harmon Furr


There is an upside and downside to uncertain events. The Covid pandemic shut down the world economy but also created tremendous opportunities for online and delivery services. The Upside of Uncertainty: A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown by Nathan and Susannah Furr is a practical guide for navigating uncertainty and unlocking opportunities. They argue that while uncertainty often makes us feel confused, anxious, and afraid to act, these moments offer opportunities for personal growth, innovation, and creativity. Uncertainty and possibility are two sides of the same coin. 

The authors provide over 30 tools and techniques - based on hundreds of interviews of entrepreneurs and business leaders as well as recent research in behavioral economics and innovation – which are grouped in four categories: 

  • Reframing – change the perspective of uncertainty from loss to gain 
  • Priming – prepare and build resilience 
  • Doing – take small steps, not bet-the-farm efforts 
  • Sustaining – deal with setbacks 

Uncertainty is increasing and according to one of the experts interviewed, “the single biggest predictor of executive success is how you deal with uncertainty.” This book can help readers develop an ‘uncertainty ability’. 


Created by Our Team, For You:

Created by Patricia Thompson, Ph.D., Senior Consultant

A Daily Gratitude Practice


Add this guided gratitude practice video with corporate psychologist and executive coach, Dr. Patricia Thompson to your self-care routine.