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Shades of Gratitude

Different ways in which gratitude can be expressed and felt

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You know how sometimes we feel (we know!) someone is thanking us by doing or saying something other than "thank you"? A grin, a funny emoticon, our name mentioned in the credit list... Gratitude can take many forms, and it is a very powerful way to generate trust and transparency in the workplace. 

Why is this important? For over a year I have been collaborating in remote teams with people from all over the world who have never met each other. I have witnesses the magic of gratitude. Used as an organizational practice, it takes ideas, projects and teams to a whole different level of emotional connection. Gratitude unlocks trust, reveals personality, encourages collaboration and fosters meaningful work relationships. If remote teams are able to accomplish incredible things from feeling this way, imagine what gratitude can do for other kind work environments!

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Expressing gratitude can sometimes be hard! Especially when you are working in multicultural environments, you don´t wanna disrespect anyone, or come off as this or that, you are not sure what to say or how to say it... Can you imagine how can expressions of gratitude be modeled inside workplace cultures so that this practice can: i) start faster ii) grow iii) become the norm, or... iv) all of the above? What is a special way in which you have recieved an expression of gratitude?

Tell us about yourself

I based my observation on the remote collaboration experience I've had as part of the IDEO U international community of alumni coaches. I take on the gratitude challenge together with my international team members at Rizoden.


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Hi Pauline Ferrer ,

Great to see you sharing your provocations around this topic and bringing your voice to the Gratitude Challenge Community!

From the insights shared in your post, we think it may be particularly interesting to for you to attend our Gratitude in the Workplace Webinar with University of Washington positive organizational leadership expert, Ryan Fehr tomorrow, Oct 13 @ 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. He’ll be discussing recommendations for designing Ideas for this topic.

You can register for the webinar here

We hope to see you there!

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