August 11, 2016 Emily Lierle

What Gratitude Means To The Y Scouts Team: Our Values


Gratitude means appreciating the good, the bad and the in-between. Here’s how each of our team members practices gratitude.

Christie McPherson, Leadership Search Director

gratitudeMy history with gratitude starts with my mom, who’s a registered nurse. Characteristically, most nurses are very servant-hearted. They’re nurturers. It’s a hard, physically demanding job. And it’s probably one of the most thankless jobs. When I was young, my mom was the queen of “say thank you.” Somebody gave you something—what do you say? My mom was also the queen of handwritten thank-you cards. Even today, I have an ungodly addiction to stationery because I send thank-you cards so much. I think it is the act of thankfulness versus just the words. I read a quote once—“Right now, somebody is praying for the things that you have.” Be thankful for everything, even the bad. And it’s not an easy thing to do when you’re knee-deep in the struggle. Changing your perception, changing how you see things is not easy, but I think it is the definition of happiness.

I’m thankful that Y Scouts exists. There’s a whole company now that believes I don’t have to fight “the man”—of just fill the seat, get the fee, send a heartbeat, I don’t care who it is, just get the fee. I don’t have to do it that way anymore. I don’t have to look at a manager and say, “I don’t want to do it this way.” I have a manager looking at me saying, “Don’t do it any other way.” It was an adventure to get here—1,500 mile move, selling a house, pulling a kid. Moving schools, moving a 170-lb dog. Sometimes adventures are catastrophic and lead to the wrong places, but it doesn’t mean you should stop. I couldn’t be happier here, even on 120-degree days.

Marc Ruter, Leadership Search Director

gratitudeI’m grateful when I get to help people. When I first got here, I took a personality test—one thing is I tend to put other people’s interests in front of mine. I’m always most grateful when I can help other people, more so than helping myself.

Nicole Spracale, Leadership Search Director

gratitudeI always write out my gratitudes every morning—my current gratitudes and my future gratitudes. We are so incredibly fortunate for everything we have. I think about what I want to eat for lunch, not, “Do I get to eat lunch?” That is amazing. I am so fortunate. I’m very lucky and very grateful and I always have to stop and remember that.

Gratitude is about those small things. I have relative health—do I have some aches and pains? Yes. But at the end of the day, I have family and I have friends. Could everything be better? Absolutely, but everything could be a hell of a lot worse. Even if it was worse, it could always be worse. At the end of the day—my father used to always have this expression when he was alive that used to drive me crazy—two things he always said—whenever I’d call him, he’d say, “Well, I’m on this side of the grass.” And before he hung up, I’d say, “Bye, Dad, talk to you tomorrow,” and he’d always say, “God willing.” The perspective of it was, no matter where you are, there’s always something to be grateful for.

Brian Mohr, Co-Founder & Managing Partner

gratitudeThis one is probably the most philosophical of them all. I mean, we’re here. We’re sitting here talking. We don’t think about it as human beings nearly enough, but what a gift just to be alive. Recognize that every day you have and every breath you take is a gift. You don’t know when life’s going to end. None of us do. There’s no guarantee. The only guarantee is, you’re going die at some point. So recognize the little things and be grateful for just the smallest gifts we’re given every day. That doesn’t mean you can’t aspire to whatever greatness looks like—but don’t forget about the small things.

Adam DiBiase, Research Manager

gratitudeEveryone on this team sees life as more than work. We’re trying to do great things in this industry, and trying to connect people to work that matters. But we all have more than that in our lives, and everyone on this team is great at recognizing that you only have one life. Every day is a new opportunity. So we’re all trying to give everything our best because we’re thankful for what we have. And Max and Brian believe in the way they put their families first and encourage us to do the same—because they recognize we all have a lot to be thankful for. We’re not just here to be cogs in a machine.


Ken Butler, Leadership Search Director

gratitudeIn general, I feel like I won the lottery in my life. And I feel bad for other people who don’t feel that way about their lives. We all have had difficult circumstances that have shaped us, but at the end of the day—I have an incredible family, I have a job that I love. I worked really hard to find a passion—I didn’t have a passion after I left the music industry. But I worked really hard to develop a passion, and work somewhere that supports that and allows that creativity and energy.

I feel like with gratitude comes a huge responsibility to help other people, because my outlook on life has really helped me live a better life. It comes down to gratitude, as opposed to blame. I’m grateful that I’m here. I’m grateful for the people on this team. Together, we’re on the same page. Everyone’s striving for something better—accepting where we are, but saying that we can get better. I’m grateful to be a part of that. When I can help somebody with a job, that’s pretty cool.

Jason Gabler, Leadership Consultant

gratitudeI think gratitude is sorely missing in the world now. Gratitude toward yourself is necessary. It’s one thing to be grateful for the things in your life, for achievements, for beauty, for money—whatever it is that you end up being grateful for. That’s one thing most people forget—the most important thing at the end of the day—is to be grateful for who you are. That’s why so many people who have everything really have nothing. It’s because, yes, they’re grateful that they’re so successful, they have all these things—but what does that mean?

Something that contributed to a lot of personal growth on my end is being grateful for people that you really don’t get along with, that just rub you the wrong way. I’ve become very grateful for those types of people because I think that they’re just as important as those you share love for and never butt heads with. Because they challenge you and show you things about yourself that you don’t like. Being able to have an appreciation for the bad as much as the good is probably the best impact that gratefulness has had on me.

Rae Johnson, Accounting & Office Administration

gratitudeIn my view, we’re all one. So whatever I’m grateful for, it’s for everyone, not just for myself. Whether it be health or family or anything. I believe there’s a mass consciousness. So the more I stay in what I like to call either “right-mindedness” or “higher consciousness,” it helps everyone as a whole. I’m grateful for every day, and always appreciative of what I have and what lessons are brought to me to learn.

Max Hansen, Co-Founder & CEO

gratitudeIt’s just an overall way that you carry yourself. There’s a term that I think describes the best leaders: confident but not cocky. And I think it all relates to how they’re grateful. They have this perfect balance, and they’re humble. I think there’s a lot of humility in being grateful for what you have. What you learn—whether it be the good or bad lessons—it’s being grateful to have learned through that experience.

Paul Eisenstein, Leadership Search Director

gratitudeY Scouts has really, really good people. We all look out for each other. It’s really emphasizing team over self, and being thankful that we’re all here doing really cool work.

How do you practice gratitude? Let us know!

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