Why Cultivating Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride Builds Grit + High Performing Teams

Want high performing teams? What a high performing culture? The make sure you cultivate gratitude, compassion, and pride.

Why? Because as a leader, when you cultivate these 3 qualities it spurs collaboration, innovation, and satisfaction. The insights, advice, and research shared here definitely make the case. Plus it's another demonstration of the critical need for soft skills to make any organization more productive.

What's missing from this post by Harvard Business Review are suggestions for how to build gratitude, compassion, and pride. Well, it's really quite simple when you use defined story methods and practices.

For example, sharing stories of staff member's excellent work and the results they produce generates pride. Sharing positive stories of what goes on at work and expressing thanks builds gratitude. Effectively listening to stories grows empathy and compassion. I've experienced this personally with clients. An amazing amount of energy is unleashed that propels the organization forward. In a technical world, it's one of your best nontechnical solutions for leading people. 

Here's the real kicker -- in today's world where screens hold our attention, social connection suffers. Loneliness results. As a leader, harnessing story sharing is the best antidote there is. It connects people and builds relationships, which is vital to getting work done. Let's do it.

Enjoy this rich piece.

Today's World -- The Rise of the Human Economy

Grab this. I like how the marketplace is being framed these days as the Human Economy. This is a natural extension of the Experience Economy.

As I read somewhere recently, coaching -- not gadgets -- is the key to improving performance. As a lover of technology, tools, gadgets, and systems I can attest first hand to the power of coaching for increasing my productivity. With the aid of a coach, my productivity has more than doubled at the same time I'm working less. Yay!

The lesson (once again) is: people and mindsets first. So what can leaders and CEOs do today to realize more of the Human Economy? Embrace the 7 Human Economy values as this author discusses. There’s a great diagram here, too.

Leading Into A Hard Future

"Interviewing leaders from around the world – from across industries and cultures – has given us great hope. Leaders from many of the world’s most successful companies are embracing these qualities. And in the process, they’re creating greater trust and happiness in their organizations, their communities, and our world." 

That's the quote from the author of this article from Forbes magazine. The three qualities the author discusses -- based on research with 35,000 leaders -- are:

  • Mindfulness

  • Selflessness

  • Compassion

In the fast-paced world of daily disruptions, why these three? Because these three qualities lead to collaboration and a focus on the common good instead of isolation and tribalism. Evolutionary biology continues to show us that collaboration for the common good is what propels us forward and gets us through hard times.

Check out this post for more insights.