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Gratitude – the NextGen for Employee Engagement, Recognition, Culture Shift

December 2017 – You’re either half-way through the fiscal year or about to start the new.

By now:

  • You’ve set or will possibly revise goals and metrics;

  • You’re aware of the extreme VUCA conditions affecting your business or academia (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity);

  • You’ve made calculated projections about the next generation of technologies, products, and services to secure success in 2018

Your success can be defined in many ways: achieving/exceeding stakeholder and shareholder expectations; making the list of top hospitals in the US; being recognized as one of the 100 best companies to work for; securing your brand as top in innovation; or, being a leader in your industry or profession. In whatever way you define success, one thing is for certain –

You Can’t Do It Alone!

Alfred North Whitehead quote

Without a doubt, you need every human being in your organization, helping to navigate the highs and lows, and influencing and contributing to your outcomes and successes. But here’s the rub – we still haven’t moved the needle on improving employee engagement, which is directly related to productivity and financial outcomes. We’re still feeding the rewards and recognition market to the tune of $46 billion annually, most of which is focused on tenure-based programs. And, what we know about organizational culture, is that it has a feeding frenzy on organizational strategies, for breakfast, lunch and dinner (depending on what book you read!)

In her book, Grateful Leadership, Judith Umlas writes, “If we are willing to speak committedly and generously and gratefully from our hearts, we can all help others experience the true meaning of their service to an organization. It is your privilege and your challenge as a Grateful Leader to make sure that your people know how valuable their contribution is!” Thank you, Judith!!!!! Click here to get the first 30 pages of her book for free.

If you’ve tapped into any of our resources in 2017, you know that the research and discoveries in the areas of gratitude, neuroscience and well-being prove to be essential in creating the next generation of employee engagement programs, recognition practices, and culture imperatives.


“There’s no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated.” – Richard Branson



As we close out the year, we’d like to share several resources about bringing gratitude into the workplace. We hope the articles below help prime your thinking and move you to action. We offer a variety of programs to support your learning and development infrastructure.

Discovering the Health and Wellness Benefits of Gratitude

The Neuroscience of Gratitude

Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work

Why is Gratitude So Difficult Yet Outrage So Easy

The Science of Gratitude and Why It’s Important in Your Workplace

Why Is Gratitude Important For Recovery, Success, Mental Health And More?




Here’s another great resource we’d like to share, especially as we begin to think about the new year. Check out Dr. Colette Edwards book, Be Less Stressed. It provides an entire year’s worth of motivation, resources, and activities for better health, greater well-being, and more happiness in 2018.

Be Less Stressed

And finally, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us what your NextGen gratitude strategy is for 2018.

Don’t have one yet? Let’s talk about bringing gratitude into your workplace and begin the journey together! We offer a variety of programs to support your learning and development infrastructure. Call 410-707-3118 or email lburton@drwcoaching.com

Wishing everyone the merriest of the holiday seasons and a happy New Year!
With gratitude,


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