I have a simple day planned. Music (especially the Peanuts album), healthy and delicious food, decorating for the holidays.
And giving thanks for friends, family, and the wonderful people I work with — which in a way I never would have imagined, includes many wonderful people I’ve met and come to know as part of a social media community.
Gratitude and appreciation at work popped up in the press this week:
- Sue Schellenbarger’s WSJ article covers every key point, including the misguided view held by some in management roles: that expressing appreciation shows weakness.
- Ron Ashkenas, blogging at the Harvard Business Review, suggests that we build appreciation into our processes. Even adding “thank you” steps to our project plans.
- And John Maeda’s 4 Rules of Leadership aren’t about gratitude, but about acting with confident humility; exactly what a leader embodies by giving thanks.
Gratitude is free, it’s smart, and it’s an important part of creating our workplaces into strong communities.
If you’ve ever aspired to change the world, I don’t have to convince you why this is important.
Photo: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade by Jere Keys, used under Creative Commons License.