Thanks-giving and Acknowledgment

Thank YouThis week many of us will trudge through spectacular storms to be with those we love and celebrate the passing of another year, for which we are grateful.

As we reflect on all the things we are grateful for, I invite you to bring this gratitude to your work place as well.  Rather than escape from your colleagues to go celebrate with your family, why not include them in gratitude you offer?  These people spend more time with you than likely anyone other than your spouse, and sometimes more waking hours than even them!

I invite you to consider how these people have shaped your life and who you are, and to be grateful for how they have helped you become the person you are today.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  –Albert Schweitzer

Perhaps this means pulling your colleague, direct report, or boss aisde and offering a heartfelt “thank-you” for everything they have brought to you.

Some hints on offering powerful acknowledgements:

  1. Acknowledge them for who they ARE rather than what they DO.  
  2. Acknowledge the IMPACT they have.

These make difference between “thank you for always getting the reports done on time” and “Thank you for being so considerate to our team.  You always complete your reports on time and it makes a big difference to all of us.  We value your consideration and your humor!”  Wouldn’t you rather receive the second one?!

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated .”  
– William James

Go acknowledge your colleagues for all they are and how they contribute to you!  And hey — maybe it’s a tool you can take to your family as well.  

New Thanksgiving tradition anyone?  Try going around the table and acknowledging each person — I guarentee it lifts the spirits — of them and you!

Let us know how it goes below: