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"Wow not How!"

Learned to say "wow" rather than asking "how."

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Thanks to a co-worker several years ago our regional leadership team attended a training for "leaders."  One of the keynote speakers, Andy Stanley gave a great message where he encouraged leaders to first say "wow" rather than asking "how" when approached by a co-worker/supervisee with an idea.  We took this to heart and have made a very concerted effort to express appreciation and support for all ideas presented to us since that training.  As a result quite a few of our team members have brought forward ideas that have changed the way we do business day to day and have even resulted in some annual activities that promote client and community wellness.  We have received a lot of feedback from regional team members expressing appreciation for the opportunity to do something at work that is meaningful for them and gives them a chance to grow as professionals and people.  We have seen increases in "happiness" scores and regional turnover is down, thanks to simply saying "wow."

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Region V Behavioral Health - Idaho Department of Health and Welfare regional manager Scott M. Rasmussen

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Hi Scott Rasmussen ,

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!