I’m predicting that 2020 will be the year that successful organizations and professionals see gratitude as a cultural focus.
Not only is gratitude consistently next to connection in happiness studies, it is also showing up in studies of business success.
It wouldn’t surprise me if it impacted health and longevity directly too and was fully at the intersection with connection.
Gratitude with customers, clients and network is a way to selfishly have better (more fruitful) days. The irony of how self-serving the act is can’t be lost on many, right?
Amplify isn’t alone in starting most meetings with gratitude. Some of our leaders kick off with business and personal wins. Some start off with a good news segue. The strategy links in gratitude and starts meetings off with optimism and great energy!
There’s a saying, “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”
In business there’s an opportunity to focus on what is working and to be grateful and acknowledge it. This gives you the energy and momentum to accomplish more and to leverage core strengths.
More effort on strategy and growth results in more strategic growth.
People give a lot to their careers and their jobs. They want to feel valued. Deliberate efforts to express thanks goes along way. The gratitude must also be at the team level so that collaboration and helping feels good. Every organization, no matter what they produce, sell or accomplish, is only as good as their people. Processes, automation, policies, brands, and all other business elements are just tools for people to do a great job.
With the increase in remote work over the last few years, the need to make your gratitude more obvious becomes more difficult, but also more important. Our language and our energy needs to be consciously thankful. Otherwise, emails are read with unintended tone and that extends to Teams/Slack/text and other remote mediums.
Connection, deep personal relationships, is at the intersection of happiness, success and health/longevity. Yet it’s our weak ties that bring opportunity. People want to be seen. They want to be heard. Using the language of gratitude and expressing it is one of the simplistic ways to connect.
We are only as strong as our team, yet we can’t give them opportunities without clients. And we all have clients. If we are traditional back-office accountants then our client is the rest of the executive, the board, operations or other stakeholders. And let’s face it - there’s nothing to count or to strategize without those clients. So let’s be grateful we get to be part of their journey!
Work-life integration is on many 2020 prediction lists this year. I kinda wish it was on mine too because it makes so much sense. And it increases the need to be thankful for our families. For their patience while we send one last email. For their understanding when we take that client call at dinner time. For their tolerance when we are on our phones chipping away at more work. Sometimes, gratitude is expressed in time. Time of focus and time that is about connection. We need to remember to bring time into our acts of thankfulness.
I think at this time of year we are all more aware than ever of what we have to be grateful for. And if we don’t make that top of mind, my prediction is we will fall behind, as organizations and as professionals, and certainly, as friends, parents and spouses.
It feels good, it is on trend, and it will pay off so let’s bring gratitude to the forefront of 2020.