From Kevin’s Desk: Join our Gratitude Challenge (11/13/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

This week, our positive energizers officially kicked-off the first of four, six-week “mini challenges” that will each highlight a key positive organization practice. Now through December 18, we will focus on gratitude.  I encourage you to connect with your positive energizer to learn about the numerous benefits of practicing gratitude and join me in making a related 1% positive change. To get a head start, check out this great article with information and ideas on incorporating gratitude into your life. Thank you to our positive energizers for their work to create a more positive and inclusive organization!

I am especially excited about this challenge because gratitude is one of my core values. My wife Betty is naturally optimistic, and over our 40 years of marriage, she has helped me understand the benefits of noticing what’s going well and giving thanks for it. It is one reason why I send these weekly messages – I want our teams to know that I see their good work and that I am grateful for it! Recently, at the B&F Leadership Forum, I sat down with three B&F staff, Frank Marcinkiewicz, Jacquie Bowman, and Stacey Glemser, to talk about my journey to positive leadership and the principles that guide my life. If you would like to learn a little bit more about me and my journey, check out this recording.

While I am a firm believer in the power of gratitude to bolster wellbeing, it’s important to remember that it is not a substitute for professional support. This has been an extremely challenging year, and there is no shame in asking for help. I encourage you to utilize the resources available free-of-charge to all university employees. You can learn more on our website.

Thank you for all you do to take care of the university and each other.

With much appreciation and gratitude,