#BookClub – Alignment for Success: Bringing Out the Best in Yourself, Your Teams, and Your Company , Part 4 – Attitude and Gratitude

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Alignment for SuccessWhen we find ourselves in conflict with another person, it becomes especially important to maintain a sense of gratitude about them and their contributions. When you find yourself facing unexpected distractions and challenges, remain grateful for them.

That’s the advice from Katherine Halpin in her book Alignment for Success. My other posts about this book can be found here, here and here.

Attitude determines our actions by influencing our choices, the way we handle other people, and even our attitudes about ourselves. It is so important to develop a sense of gratitude for your situation, your opportunities, your people, and your success. Especially when things seem chaotic and success appears impossible.

The key to an aligned workplace where others are encouraged, engaged, and empowered is to remember that we all need to feel valued, appreciated, respected, and included.

Acknowledgments are a specific explanation of how what someone has done has made a difference.  When someone gets specific information about what they did, it shows them you were paying attention. Public recognition helps your team feel like a part of something bigger than themselves.

According to Halpin, if we shift our attitude, we become leaders who can acknowledge others for the specific contributions they make to the team. When we master this, we use our conversations to celebrate success. This builds a culture based on trust, honest communication and clarity.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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