The Power of Acknowledgment – Another Reason to Love Thanksgiving

first_imgIs there a price to be paid for overlooking the contributions of people we work and live with? Gallup surveys suggest a strong link between full productive loyal engagement and acknowledgement. Moreover, reports and exit interviews show unacknowledged high performing employees often leave their jobs even when extrinsic rewards and intrinsic satisfaction are high. How many other important relationships unravel for the same reason?Like every important change in our lives, learning to practice acknowledgement is often difficult. Consider the ingrained culturally sanctioned habits that prompt criticism over appreciation, starting with ourselves. Gratitude is crucial to acknowledgement. But we need to embrace the habit to realize its importance. Umlas summarizes what it takes to practice acknowledgment as five Cs: consciousness, choice, courage, communication and commitment. Courage especially.Corporate Culture or Laziness?Judy Umlas lists several excuses associated with a reluctance to acknowledge. Some suggest it is cheapened by overuse or looks like favoritism.Yet the author says simple thanks, plus recognition, plus acknowledgement constitute a three part “appreciation paradigm.” It is far more than a management tool, even though it very much contributes to the bottom line. The army, for example, has asked Judy to teach her acknowledgment approach in its program of suicide prevention.In his forward Doug Rauch, retired Trader Joe’s president and current CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc., expresses his belief that capitalism is changing. He observes that, “When you create a true culture of care, of gratitude, unbelievable things occur.”Other CEOs agree. Leaders at Whole Foods Market, The Westervelt Company, General Mills and Prudential Annuities have all lent their profiles to this book. Their experiences remind us of the happiness dividend which is enabled by gratitude.Judy Umlas is on solid scientific ground, too. She begins with citations from Martin Seligman’s landmark letter of gratitude study, and continues through Tal Ben-Shahar’s Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal for Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. She cites specific studies including the 2003 Miami University study by Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough on gratitude’s effects on physical and emotional well-being.All this research underscores the role that unambiguous, heartfelt enunciation of achievement can play in this virtuous cycle. For acknowledgement is much like mercy as Shakespeare writes in The Merchant of Venice, “…it is twice blessed; it blesseth him that gives and him that takes”.Read the full article, with references, at Positive Psychology News – Photo Credit: Baby with sign by Amber B McNamara via Flickr-CCDonald Officer, MA ’89 is a strategic thinking practitioner who melds problem solving and emerging research models to help clients anticipate unexpected scenarios and opportunities. In addition to coaching, facilitation, consulting and teaching, Don writes and blogs at Strategic Praxis, where he welcomes comments. He is a certified facilitator and member of the International Coach Federation and the Canadian Positive Psychology Association.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCan you remember how it feels when someone tells you how wonderful you are, or when you receive an unexpected thank-you gift  in the mail?  You felt really happy, right? But, how can we sustain those feelings of happiness longer and more consistently on our own?One author says we can actually generate those feelings more abundantly when we give them away. Judith Umlas studies why it is important to give positive acknowledgment to our fellow human beings. With Thanksgiving coming up this week in the US, Americans will be given ample opportunities to prove this theory and see if they can keep up their own happiness while boosting others. Check out this article by Donald Officer that first appeared in Positive Psychology News:Gratitude must be paid forward so you can keep itGratitude has long been appreciated as a powerful implement in the happiness toolkit. From early on Positive Psychologists have recommended the keeping of a gratitude journal. However, as Martin Seligman and others concede, after a while just recording blessings starts to lose luster. To keep energy high, gratitude must be paid forward – expressed as open acknowledgment which takes on a vibrancy of its own.Judith Umlas, author of Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results, has forged a successful, rewarding career out of acknowledging acknowledgement. As Senior Vice President at New York based International Institute for Learning Inc., she has lived her credo for 20 odd years. I heard it in her voice when I interviewed her. This is no mere mantra: she believes deeply in the value of actual practice to both the praiser and the praised.In this book, Judy buttresses her own largely anecdotal evidence with several well known gratitude and acknowledgment studies. Her material is thoroughly documented, often in the words of her clients. She has distilled her experiences into principles that even the gratitude averse can apply, which will be helpful to consultants, managers, coaches and other professional practitioners.Umlas has written about acknowledgement before. She published The Power of Acknowledgment in 2006. Her focus was transformed, however, while working at CBS as an executive producer well into the final weeks of her pregnancy. She began to realize how many people go without acknowledgement throughout their working careers. Even while devoting the utmost care and a high-level of personalized service, working people are routinely let-down when their dedication is ignored.last_img read more

No. 17 UWF Finishes Regular Season at Palisades Classic

first_img Ryan Black (Photo by Ron Besser) CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the final regular season tournament of 2009, the No. 17 West Florida men’s golf team tied for sixth place at the Palisades Collegiate Classic hosted by Charlotte on Tuesday.  Sophomore Kyle Scott (Edenvale, South Africa/Edenglen HS) led the way, finishing seven under par and tied for fourth place overall.Scott was seven under after the first day, and he finished the third and final round at even part to finish at 209 (68-69-72).  Freshman Ryan Black (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) posted the top final round with a 71 to finish tied for 10th (74-67-71=212).Freshman Rafael Rodriguez Larreta (Montevideo, Uruguay/Pocitos Day School) tied for 53rd (72-76-79=227) and freshman Carlos Rodriguez (Cali, Colombia/Austin Peay/Pendleton School) tied for 67th (75-78-78=231).  Sophomore Otto Bonning (Skanor, Sweden/Sundsgymnasiet) had his best round on Tuesday, carding a 75 to finish tied for 70th (80-77-75=232).Virginia Commonwealth held on to take the team title, shooting 836 (282-270-284) to defeat Louisville by seven strokes (290-267-286=843).  Marquette’s Mike Van Sickle claimed medalist honors at 16 under par (69-65-66=200).The Argonauts will head to the Gulf South Conference Championships next week on April 20-21, looking for their 10th GSC title and fourth in a row.  For information on all UWF Athletics, visit RESULTS1 VCU                           282 270 284 836 -282 Louisville, U. of             290 267 286 843 -213 Marquette University          283 284 291 858 -64 Old Dominion Univ.            294 278 296 868 +45 Belmont Abbey Coll.           292 285 296 873 +9T6 West Florida, U. of          289 289 296 874 +10T6 Francis Marion U.            293 291 290 874 +10T8 Charlotte                    296 291 290 877 +13T8 Longwood University          296 295 286 877 +1310 Richmond, Univ. of           301 286 299 886 +2211 Kennesaw St. Univ.           298 292 298 888 +2412 Davidson College             296 296 301 893 +2913 Winthrop University          307 296 292 895 +3114 Nebraska, U. of              298 301 298 897 +3315 Elon University              298 306 295 899 +35T4 Kyle Scott                   68 69 72 209 -7T10 Ryan Black                  74 67 71 212 -4T53 Rafael Rodriguez Larreta    72 76 79 227 +11T67 Carlos Rodriguez            75 78 78 231 +15T70 Otto Bonning                80 77 75 232 +16Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img No. 17 UWF Finishes Regular Season at Palisades Classiclast_img read more

EFL scraps extra-time in Carabao Cup

first_imgThe scrapping of extra-time in the knockout competition was passed at the 2018 Summer Conference.The rationale put forward by the EFL is that withdrawing the additional 30 minutes of play would directly address any additional fatigue issues that are occasionally caused when the midweek ties go beyond the traditional 90-minute period.A statistical analysis was presented that demonstrated how almost 85 per cent of matches ended in normal time over a three-year period, without the additional period being required and as a result clubs have supported the new approach.In the event that scores are tied after 90-minutes, penalty kicks will be taken immediately to determine a winner. However, the format of penalties in the competition will revert to their traditional format after EFL Clubs trialled the ABBA concept throughout the 2017/18 season. This will be applicable in all EFL competitions.In addition to the on-field matters, clubs were also given the option to remove the seeding arrangements from the first two rounds of the Carabao Cup and the vote determined that this element will no longer feature.  Round One will remain regionalised into North and South sections.The EFL also confirmed that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system can be used in next season’s competition at all fixtures played at a Premier League stadium.The first round of the Carabao Cup starts week commencing August 13th.last_img read more

Nigeria vs Seychelles: Asaba Lights Up In Preparation For Another Football Showpiece

first_imgSuper Eagles Starting XI against Seychelles Confidence is high in the camp of the Super Eagles as the Pirates of Seychelles, who are already eliminated, tackle the three-time African champions at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba in what kicks off a true football feast in the Delta State capital on Friday.Tomorrow’s session is in fulfillment of the final day fixtures of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.Group leaders Nigeria made sure of a slot at African football’s biggest house party far back in November 2018 after a 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg, but there is word in the camp that the Nigerian stars are looking to rack up a high-score win for bragging rights.Libya’s Mediterranean Knights, who are involved in the other match of the group against South Africa in Tunisia, incinerated the Pirates 8-1 right in Mahé Island in one of the group matches. That remains the highest-score win of the entire qualifying series.In Mahé Island on 8th September 2018, goals by Ahmed Musa (a rocket from his weaker left foot), defender Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo sealed a 3-0 win and kept the Eagles in the hunt for a ticket to the 2019 AFCON. Wins over Libya home and away and the draw in South Africa took Nigeria to the finals.On Friday, Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr will unleash his best legs, as a high –score win would put the Eagles in a good and great mood for Tuesday’s prestige international friendly against seven-time African champions Egypt at the same venue.Twenty –four hours before that encounter, the Nigeria U23 squad will seek to overturn a 0-2 first leg loss to their Libyan counterparts in a 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifying first round fixture, also at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.Stand-in skipper Ahmed Musa, who has led the Eagles brilliantly during this qualifying series, told “Yes, we have qualified already, but there is something called pride. And also, we need to be in the mood for the match against Egypt, and again take this as part of the preparation for the Cup of Nations. The Cup of Nations is less than three months away so our preparation has already started. The bigger picture is the thing.”CAF has named Cape Verde official Fabricio Duarte as the referee for tomorrow’s match. His compatriot, Jose Carlos Alexandre Pina Mendes is the assistant referee 1, with Delgade Fernandes Wilson Jorge as assistant referee 2 and Delgado Rocha Lenine as fourth official.The match commissioner is Martin Gomez from Gambia, while Togolese Latre-Kavi Edzona Lawson Hogban will be referee assessor.The encounter is scheduled for 4pm Nigerian time.Relatedlast_img read more