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November 2011 Volume 3 Issue 11




What Leaders are Reading
Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday of Your Life by M. J. Ryan -    
  In this inspiring book, author M.J. Ryan shows readers how to nurture this attitude every day of their lives. Short, easy-to-digest essays explain why gratitude chases away negative emotions - and how gratitude is possible even in times of pain and hardship.

Count Your Blessings: The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love by John F. Demartini -   
  Filled with practical action steps, this book uses real-life examples, simple techniques, exercises, meditations, visualizations, and affirmations to show readers how to strengthen and heal all aspects of life by focusing on the positive side of life's experiences.

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Leadership Tip of The Month  


Having an "attitude of gratitude" is a leadership gift.

It can have a positive impact on those you lead. People are often more motivated, for example, by those who show gratitude.  

Here are three things you can do to help increase the "attitude of gratitude" as a leader.

1. Show gratitude, express gratitude. Whether in person, mail, or text, the more you show it, the more you will feel it. 


2. Focus on the strengths and diversity of your team. It is easy to focus on the things that are negative about people. But if you will take the time to notice the unique contributions each person makes you will find yourself becoming more thankful.


3. Keep a gratitude journal. A powerful way to become more grateful is to reflect on what you are grateful for.  This can be in writing, prayer or meditation. 

Remember that an "attitude of gratitude" will make you a more effective leader.  


What are you grateful for and what are ways you can help cultivate the "attitude of gratitude" in your life?



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John Branstad
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Quote of the Month

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."    

  John Fitzgerald Kennedy 



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