At Y Scouts, how do we define and practice our core value: Be Grateful?
Dan Zlaket, Director of Administration & Finance
In my personal and work life, I try to show gratitude in the sincerest ways. A lot of the time we envision showing gratitude as saying a simple “thank you,” or recognizing an accomplishment. This is all very true, but I personally believe that gratitude can also be expressed in several different ways. Some examples of how I like to practice gratitude daily include looking for the small things. At times, we can get so tied up in our daily responsibilities, we forget to notice the small wins that made a positive impact. One thing I enjoy is reflecting on my day. I look at the 3 most impactful things that occurred, and if someone else helped me through the journey, I simply send them a thank you card, call, or even a text message showing my appreciation. At times, people that I thank don’t even recall the help they provided. The most important part of gratitude is making it meaningful. When I am getting to know somebody, I try to listen for interests such as their favorite movie, candy bar, or even sport. I try my best to remember those items and connect them to gratitude in some way. Being grateful is one of the most important habits in our lives. When we give thanks, it only creates a more positive mindset and can completely change someone’s day.
Alexia Collins, Leadership Search Specialist
Gratitude is such a wonderful value to hold, but one that can seem like it is overloaded or overindulged in at times, especially around the Holidays. Living in gratitude can be difficult with all of the stimulation that comes at us all day long, too. I believe gratitude comes in all shapes, sizes and behaviors and that truly being grateful internally, and showing that to those around us, is what makes life abundantly joyful. Being grateful for the significant things in our lives is certainly admirable, but I think that gratitude in times of loss, sorrow, challenge or intense growth can be what can make life meaningful. One of my favorite ways to express my gratitude to someone is by a hand written card. I think it is becoming a ‘lost art’ of sorts which makes it all the more special for the receiver. The time it takes to write one is small for the writer, but huge for the receiver. It shows that you took the effort to think about and write down what you appreciate about someone or something they did. Gratitude doesn’t always have to be expressed or shared externally. It is as much a way of living as it is an expression. I have a piece of art hanging by my bed that reads “Start each day with a grateful heart”. It reminds me to remind myself each morning for what I am grateful, and boy, there is so much in this life to be grateful for!
Max Hansen, CEO & Co-Founder
It’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.
Brian Mohr, Co-Founder
This one is probably the most philosophical of them all. I mean, we’re here. We don’t think about it 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. So, recognize the little things and be grateful for the gifts we’re given every day.
Candi Luciano, Chief Experience Officer
A leader of good character is a grateful leader. A leader who is thankful is a memorable one.
Max, our Y Scouts CEO left a handwritten note of gratitude on my desk with an artful arrowhead that read, “SKY’S THE LIMIT.” This simple, unexpected gesture let me know he was paying attention to what could have so easily gone unnoticed, or just been expected. Instead, he expressed he was thankful I was living the core value of relentless learning to serve the greater needs of our team. How did he know I had recently persevered through a couple late nights to teach myself a new software enabling me to resolve a marketing challenge?
Not only did it make me feel like I mattered, it continues to inspire me to go above and beyond to serve again and again.
When gratitude lives in a workplace, it influences a healthier, happier and more productive team culture. Stop by sometime—you’ll feel the radical gratitude expressed at Y Scouts on a daily basis.
Daniel Cheetham, Leadership Search Director
Gratitude is the fuel that powers healthy relationships. An attitude of gratitude fundamentally changes the lens in which one views the world and experiences from a focus of self-service to one of authentic appreciation and abundance.
In the workplace, displaying gratitude not only communicates that you notice and appreciate the actions of others, it also perpetuates future benevolent actions and a culture of collaboration. This, in turn, helps shape and define the type of culture that any employee would love – and appreciate – to be a part of.
Mary Margaret Skelly, Director of Operations
Everyone is working hard. Our work ethic here in the United States in particular is exceptional. Whether they’re on Wall Street or Silicon Valley or in small businesses across the country, people in general take pride in the work they do and want to deliver excellence.
We can get too caught up in productivity, however. We sometimes forget there are human beings on the other side of every product or service. We’re ultimately here to uplift each other and help each other grow. Work provides a platform through which we can make the human experience a little more dignified and enjoyable for others. We are not machines, put here to perform tasks at an ever increasing speed. We are dynamic human beings and our purpose-driven work is the gift we offer the world. Expressing gratitude reminds others of their humanity.
Melissa Schonberger, Leadership Search Specialist
I am most grateful for growth in my life. As a human being my primary need is growth, in my own personal development, in my friendships, in my relationships with my family and in my career. I have been fortunate enough to experience growth that is exceedingly blissful, where I have learned a beautiful lesson in a fun, positive way and I am so grateful for having had the opportunity. The cliche is that we grow the most from the hardest times. Cliches are cliches for a reason. Most of the lessons I’ve learned lately have come with a feeling of getting hit in the face, having no idea what I’m doing or being mortified in the midst of it and asking myself, “why did I ask for growth again?”. Though these situations are much more difficult, I welcome these as well. Especially lately, the phrase that has been coming out of my mouth the most has been “I’m experiencing a lot of growth right now.” This may come with a smile, through tears or with frustration but regardless of the emotion behind it, I am and always will be most grateful for growth in all of its wonderful, messy, complicated forms and for the way it allows me to relate to anyone.
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