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I See You; I Thank You

Regularly stop, look people in the eyes & recognize contribution with authentic expressions of gratitude to increase positive energy & team.

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Too often we're immersed in our day to day events and forget to simply stop, look someone in the eye, and recognize their contribution. That happened to me today. A colleague stopped by to drop off a box. Instead of stopping, looking her in the eye, and thanking her for dropping off the box, I complained about another, older order that came in unexpectedly. Instead of complaining, I should have stopped, looked her in the eye, and recognized her contribution with a thank you and other specific words. We all have to slow it down in our places of living and work and recognize the contributions of one another with big, frequent Thank You's! Lesson learned.

Idea Title

Stop, Look, Say Thank You!

How the Idea will inspire the experience and expression of gratitude within an organization.

This idea will slow everyone down and encourage them to take a minute to recognize the contributions of those they work with. A few simple words of recognition and gratitude energizes people, and the more we do it, the better we will get at it.

Who are you innovating for?

I am innovating for a small suburban school system.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

This idea could work in any work place. I am starting with a school.

How you envision the Idea being introduced to your selected organization?

I would host a contest that inspires students and teachers to come up with catchy phrases and visuals that inspire everyone to stop, look, and say thank you.

What obstacles, if any, do you foresee in implementing this Idea, and how would they be overcome?

We're a busy organization with lots and lots of initiatives. Yet, gratitude is high on the priority list, so this won't be a big problem.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

We will introduce the idea. Host the contest, Create the signage. Collect data on how often it happens and the reactions that result. We will publicize our findings, and who knows the initiative might spread to the community and beyond.

What immediate next steps will you take if you receive an implementation grant.

I will sit down with the principal of the school and superintendent to introduce the idea and gain their support and help with the initiative.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

My idea emerged from the research shared, and my own experience of working in a too-busy environment yet an environment where we are developing future citizens.

Tell us about yourself

I am a teacher of 32 years who is passionate about the potential schools hold for making a better world. I am also a mom of three wonderful sons and I'm married to my best friend, Mike.

Where are you / your team located?

My team is located in Wayland, Massachusetts.

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

We are a school system that includes three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. There are about 2,500 students in the system.

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Tell us about your experience

I work in education, and BIG part of education is developing character, and a big part of character is the ability to recognize contribution and demonstrate gratitude. Also education depends on good energy, and gratitude creates good energy.


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