Why Gratitude Is So Revolutionary At Work

by blogadmin 20. November 2018 04:11

 PIA Team Team Building Edition | November 20, 2018

The practice of gratitude--and its close sibling, appreciation has started to infiltrate work places, from new software start-ups to older institutions like Campbell Soup, whose CEO wrote 30,000 thank you notes to his employees. Though research on gratitude has exploded over the past 2 decades, studies of gratitude at work are still somewhat limited; results so far link it to:

-positive emotions

-less stress 

-fewer health complaints

-a greater sense that we can achieve goals

-fewer sick days

-higher satisfaction with our jobs and coworkers

While expressing thanks to colleagues might feel awkward or even at odds with some workplace cultures, many organizations have been developing innovative ways to overcome those barriers. 

Gratitude is a "gateway drug" for Southwest Airlines where appreciation is a cornerstone of their culture. Southwest seems to understand what research has shown: that gratitude tends to emperge in workplaces with more "perceived organizational support". Employees believe that the company values their contributions and cares about their well-being. One way the company pays attention to their employees is to recognize the special events in their personal lives--from kids' graduations to marriages to family illnesses--and recognizing those with small gestures like flowers and cards. They genuinely want the best for their people.

Studies show grateful employees are more concerned about social responsibility. They perform more "organizational citizenship" behaviors: kind acts that aren't part of their job description, like welcoming new employees and filling in for coworkers. A warning, however, companies must be consistent, sincere and careful not to leave some employees out. Time is always a factor, too.

Gratitude Ideas:

-compile differing gratitude practices as not everyone wants to be appreciated the same way 

-start off meetings with expressing gratitude around the table

-put time weekly on your calendar to stop by an employee's desk to thank them 

-add appreciation celebrations to employee training days or retreats 

-recognize and/or celebrate birthdays and other special occasions

Personal Challenge:

Pick one of the ideas above or one of your own. Enlist others to help. Begin putting it in place by the end of 2018. Make 2019 a company year of gratitude and thanksgiving! 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES!!!

All The Best,

The PIA Team 

It's Game Time. Are You Ready?

by blogadmin 19. September 2018 01:36

  

Rhoda Kreuzer | Team Building Edition | Septembet 19, 2018

Are you ready? 

Recently, I watched the Detroit Lions walk on the field and disappoint their fans yet again. They lost by 30 points. Even worse than the score, was the fact that this was a home game, and was against an opponent that no one expected to win. How could this happen?

Teams may have the uniform, they may be present physically, but the real determination of success is whether they are committed and prepared to execute. Even talented people will fail if they are not focused on the importance of mission. They will enter their day just going through the motions and leaving. This will not create success.

Today and every day begin by asking yourself, "Am I ready to have an impact? Am I focused on the critical things that must happen for us to advance?" Make every day count! Treasure this opportunity to assist your team in advancing towards the goal!

Go Get 'Em,

Rhoda 

Same Roster, Different Leadership. Better Results.

by blogadmin 4. September 2018 03:03

See full article by Psychologist Ryne Sherman, Ph.D.

Sports are an excellent laboratory for understanding how leadership impacts organizational effectiveness. Consider the case of the Florida Atlantic University football program.

In the fall of 2011 there was a great deal of excitement in Boca Raton as it was the opening season for a brand new, $70 million football stadium. The season, however, was disappointing for FAU fans with a finish of 1 win and 11 losses. And they could never fill their stadium more than half-full. The legendary Howard Schnellenberger, retired and stepped down as coach.

The team did not fare much better over the next 5 seasons. Carl Pellini was hired, but resigned for alleged illegal drug use. Charlie Partridge took over, but was fired. Finally, FAU hired Lane Kiffin as head coach for the 2017 season. Without a full season to recruit, Kiffin was faced with the same players who had just produced back-to-back 3-9 records. For this reason, what happened in 2017 was remarkable:

- An 11-3 record, their best ever

- A team record 58 points in a game against Old Dominion

-Breaking that record with 69 points in the game against North Texas the following week.

- Scoring 73 offensive touchdowns, tied for 3rd in the nation.

-An undefeated record of 8-0 in conference play.

- Winning the conference championship with a 41-17 victory over North Texas.

-Becoming Boca Raton Bowl Champions with a 50-3 win over Akron. 

Same roster. Different leadership. Vastly Different Results. Despite having the same players, the team looked vastly different. The 2016 team looked lost and panicked on critical plays. The 2017 team reacted beautifully to a 4th-and-goal situation. No panic. They knew exactly what play to run and how to execute it in the situation.  That's preparation. Preparation that can only come from leadership.

View FAU's 4th and goal clip 

In the 1970's and 80's, the consensus among leadership researchers was that leadership is situationally-driven. That is, leadership and organizational outcomes were entirely based on circumstances outside individual control. In the decades since, we've proven over and over again that who is in charge has dramatic consequences for performance in sports, business, and politics. Lane Kiffin was placed in the excact same situation as his predecessors. the results of this natural experiment once again confirm the hypothesis that leadership matters.

As for 2018, FAU begins the season as 21-point underdogs and may never flourish as much as 2017. BUT, I wouldn't bet against Kiffin and his team.

 

 

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