Four Key Questions on Gratitude
by Star Dargin
(reprinted with permission)
What's the big idea?
Gratitude belongs in business. In 2015 Americans gave an estimated $373.25 billion to charity. That was the highest total reported in 60-years. Yet, less than 30% of us bring gratitude into work.
Science can prove gratitude is not just a soft skill or fluff. The benefits are powerful, personally, mentally, and achievement wise. Gratitude has a huge ROI with no negative side effects. It's the primordial soup that allows for the basic human needs of growth and connection. It is a value, a principle, a feeling. It exists in every major religion. Most successful leader have some form of gratitude as a practice and value. Appreciation is the business code word for gratitude.
When leading with gratitude, we create healthy, positive, forward-moving organizations. Leading with gratitude changes our focus, reveals and changes the problems we are solving. Gratitude can be learned and strengthened like a muscle. It can be applied as an approach for even the most complex and chaotic situations. Leading with gratitude creates a connection and appreciation for something outside oneself. It is not selfish, and it includes you, the leader. Leading with gratitude in difficult situations is easy to understand, hard to apply, but a powerful when used. Gratitude is transformational, for Individuals and business.
How do you know?
Research proves it, and I can personally vouch for it. I've been a conscious practitioner of gratitude for over fifteen years and have incorporated it into my business. Over the past year, I've dug deeper into the topic by immersing myself in reading, researching, and studying it. In sharing my own passion and conviction about the power of gratitude over the past months, I've been validated by all the responses and stories others have shared on their own gratitude journey.
Why should I care?
It's so simple and easy to do once. Creating a practice and shifting a team or organization takes work and discipline. As the world get more complex, connectivity increases, demographics change, the only thing guaranteed is change. When gratitude is infused into our daily practice, it becomes the unconscious approach for individuals and leaders and creates a positive approach to these inevitable changes and unknowns.
What should I do?
Start a daily conscious practice of gratitude now. Like yawning, gratitude is contagious. Learn to appreciate more, and let me help you do it. Read my book, do the reflections, take the assessment, come to a workshop or webinar, or hire me to speak on gratitude to your organization.
About Star Dargin and Star Leadership, LLC
Star Dargin built an impressively diverse professional résumé across multiple industries and leadership positions before founding Star Leadership nearly twenty years ago. Through her experience in such eclectic areas as the hightech, engineering, educational, and support fields, she saw firsthand the negative organizational impact of unprepared leaders. Intelligence and potential were not enough; leaders often lacked the tools and self knowledge they needed to be effective. In response, she developed her unique coaching approach designed to equip leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to sustainably build cohesive, functional, results oriented teams. Her approach and effectiveness have been honed through over 2000 hours with hundreds of coaching clients and delivering over one hundred successful training modules.
About Star Leadership LLC: Star Leadership offers coaching, training, and consulting services
for businesses, midlevelmanagers, and business leaders, focusing on the delivery ofmeasurable goals and results in the areas of communication, leadership, and teams.
*4Q4: coined by Dan Pink as "An easy 4-step method for teaching any skill". See it here: