Volume 6, Issue 9

Coach Vickie Bevenour, PCC  - www.CoachVickie.com

November  2008

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... is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC

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The RDW Group, Inc.
114 Partheni Court
Cary , NC 27519

November 2008

How Do You Show Your Thankfulness?   

In this age of e-mail, instant messaging, cell phones and text messaging, when was the last time that you received a handwritten note of appreciation? Something that you could touch, something that made you feel the compulsion to save those words and tuck that note into a drawer to look at again…rather than hastily hit your delete button to clear the screen and move on to the next task. Perhaps even more daunting, when was the last time that you wrote a handwritten note of thanks or gratitude?

Might I suggest a gratitude exercise?

Take out a sheet of paper and list 20 things that you are grateful for; don’t stop, push yourself, until you reach 20.

Think about a way that you can show your appreciation or thankfulness for each item and write it next to that item.

Below are a few suggestions:

1.      You have an employee who recently did a great job – write them a handwritten note and/or send them a gift.

2.      You have someone who provides you a personal service to make your life easier (i.e. house cleaner, babysitter, favorite wait staff) along with the customary tip, write them a note telling them how much their service means to you.

3.      You are thankful for a special friend – tell them so with a phone call, email or handwritten note.

4.      You are thankful for your spouse, partner, parent or special family member – tell them so in whatever manner they would enjoy, maybe you could write them a song or a poem.

5.      You have a professional mentor who has helped you and given you sage advice over time – tell them so with a lunch invitation.

6.      You have a current or former boss whom you respect and who taught you something special – tell them with an unexpected phone call, email or handwritten note.

The month of November is dedicated to our annual American celebration of Thanksgiving.  If your aforementioned “list of 20” consists mostly of people to whom you are grateful, why not put a pen to paper and thank ten people in your business life for their contributions?  You could detail specifically the things that they give to you and the impact that they make. Why stop there? How about showing your gratitude to ten of these special people in your personal life? What a memorable Thanksgiving 20 people in your life will enjoy!

Congratulations, you are taking the next step to deriving results (of gratitude) from within.

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