“Feeling Gratitude and Not Expressing it is Like Wrapping a Present and Not Giving it”. – William Arthur Ward I recently read an article in which Google CEO Larry Page was praised for being one of the most likable CEO’s in corporate America. You know why? Because according to the article, he’s good at expressing his appreciation for others and the work they do. In fact, I also came to learn that making a concerted effort to express gratitude in the workplace is baked into the Google culture
I love, love, love Ted Talks. Here’s one that I think you’ll love too. It’s called, “Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a Model.” In a nutshell: Tall, slender underwear model, Cameron Russell (who we want to hate but we can’t ’cause she’s so smart and nice) admits she became a model not so much because of hard work as good luck. As Cameron tells it, she’s a model because she won “a genetic lottery”. In this fearless talk Cameron Russell attempts to pull back the curtain on the glamour and mystique of
We all make mistakes. We screw up. We say and do things we regret, or we don’t do things we should have done. Maybe it’s that we didn’t step up, or show up, or lend an ear or a shoulder. And now, well, time has passed and it feels too awkward to say something. Maybe we feel we’ve moved on. Or, maybe we think the other person has moved on. So, we tell ourselves there’s no point. ..But, is that really true? Or, are we just rationalizing? The reality is
So much has been written about finding a job or career you love. It’s become something of a cultural obsession, kind of like uncovering the professional Holy Grail. Honestly, who among us hasn’t thought, wouldn’t life be great if I could work at something I really enjoyed and in turn I became super successful doing it? I must admit I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time over the course of my professional life trying to solve this riddle. No doubt, like some of you I thought, gosh, if I could
Another graduation season has come and gone and, I have a confession to make. I realize that I’m oddly fascinated by commencement speeches. I know, that may sound strange but I have to tell you I love a good commencement speech. Maybe I’m drawn to the idea that it’ll provide me with a little inspiration or encouragement. Or perhaps I’m secretly hoping to uncover a few pearls of wisdom that have somehow eluded me all these years. More likely, and as my husband would say, it’s just that I have
“You is Smart, You is Kind, You is Important” – Kathryn Stockett, The Help Early on, when I first started this site I wrote a post on the importance of making clients, co-workers and employees feel valued. As I wrote in that piece, there’s actually quite a lot of research to support the idea that making people – whether their customers or employees, feel that they matter ultimately leads to higher customer loyalty and employee retention. The feedback I received from the post was very positive. Many readers responded by saying
What Drives Success? Culture pushes some groups to achieve. We can learn from them. Super interesting read! Does any of this ring true for you?
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” – Pablo Picasso #happybirthday #picasso
Please do not feed the fears. #dailyinspiration
The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them. Really. This much I know.