Attitude of Gratitude

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”  ~Epictetus

Whatever we have, we must be thankful for. There are those who have more – things. There are those who have less – things. None of them will lie in our bed at night. None of them will wake up in our bed in the morning. We all have our own situation. Let’s be thankful for what we have and those we have around us to share our lives with. 

“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”    ~Charles Schwab 

Each day is there someone we come into contact with where we may offer our appreciation and even encouragement to them. Are there people we come into contact with often where we are actually withholding our appreciation and encouragement to? 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” ~John F. Kennedy 

Have you ever considered how others see you? Especially when speaking out with a certain point of view or value system. Do we each live out these ideals and view points?

Happy Thanksgiving

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Mitch Tublin is a speaker, certified coach and trainer based in Stamford, CT.

Your Value System Will Set You Up For Success

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In the position of leadership, as in the person in charge of a company, do we discuss our personal value system? Is this of great importance to discuss? It is my belief that this is one of the critical foundational building blocks which has been missing for a number of years and is a contributing factor to the current leadership void which exists today in corporate America. This is not to say bring your religious beliefs or spiritual practices exactly as these are practiced into the workplace.

It is to say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with openly sharing your value system. There are discussions and open forums on what is right and why, and what is wrong and why. How you live and how you expect your employees to represent the organization. Of course, there are legal boundaries which may not be crossed, and in many ways that is the point.

What does need to be said is: “You will not be fired for adding value to our clients and customers within the mission statement and vision for our organization, even if it does not result in a sale.” Even deeper, “You will not be fired for ending a customer relationship where the client or customer is demanding behavior from you or the organization which is not consistent with our mission and vision statements or our value system.” Or a statement of a similar nature which fits your culture.

Or a statement which says: “You are encouraged to surround yourself and hire people who are smarter than you in specific areas and know more than you do. Grooming new people into our culture should be encouraged, not discouraged.”

Be honest with yourself, will you even consider either of these statements? Do you believe your organization would be a better one with these type of behaviors in place? How far are you willing to go? A leader will talk the talk and a leader will walk the talk.

Do you behave in a manner consistent with the value system you are speaking about, and intend to ingrain as part of the culture of your organization? Does the team you have around you prove your point about the hiring practices you wish others to emulate in your company? These are serious topics to be considered. The positive actions taken toward creating a culture which places a positive view upon values within the organization will last longer and be more meaningful than one more sale or the next transaction.  If you are ready to work on your personal value system and how to impart your values to your organization contact Mitch Tublin today, info@mitchtublin.com.