FROM THE PRESIDENTGreg Adamson
Let’s just start this column off right – I’m thankful for you. I’m thankful you’re reading this message of gratitude, I’m thankful you’re a member of LTEN, and I’m thankful that your individual contributions to our network help so many others. In short, I’m thankful.
Of course I picked the right month to express this thankfulness – later this month is the Thanksgiving holiday in America, and fall in general is when people traditionally plan festivals and events to celebrate harvests and mark the shifting seasons.
Still, it’s always a good time to be grateful for all we have, personally and professionally. What’s more, it’s always a good idea.
From a business perspective, gratefulness and the accompanying respect pay off handsomely. Feeling appreciated is a strong mortar in terms of talent retention, and leaders who give credit while shouldering blame have happier, more productive teams. It’s the same personally – everyone wants to feel appreciated, respected and valued.
But those still aren’t the only reasons why thankfulness is a good idea.
This past March, UCLA published a review of 70 research projects that show gratitude has individual health benefits, both physical and mental. Practicing gratitude for 15 minutes a day, five days a week, for at least six weeks, promotes a possibly lasting change in physical health. It can reduce depression, lessen anxiety and stress, support a healthy heart and help you sleep better. All good things.
So in that spirit, let me tell you some of the professional things I’m grateful for right now:
That’s a lot of good things to be thankful for, and frankly it’s just skimming the surface. It might even be a bit redundant – I started this column being grateful for you, and I hope you saw yourself reflected many times in my more specific praise list. LTEN members both collectively and individually keep our network thriving, and every thank you I’ve made today proves your value.
So thank you, once again. Feel free to share your own thankful-for list with me if you’d like. And I certainly hope you take some time in this month of appreciation to be grateful for your family, friends, colleagues and everyone and everything that makes you smile.
Until then …
Greg Adamson is president of the LTEN Board of Directors and executive director, sales training, for Olympus Americas. You can reach out to Greg via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through LinkedIn.