$schemamarkup = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), 'Schema', true); if(!empty($Schema)) { echo $ Schema ; } 7 Reasons to Be A Little More Grateful At Work (Reflections and an Exercise) - Let's Grow Leaders

Karin’s Leadership Articles

7 Reasons to Be A Little More Grateful At Work (Reflections and an Exercise)

by | Nov 22, 2016 | By Karin Hurt, Winning Well |

With all the stress and pressure, sometimes it feels really hard to cultivate a feeling of gratitude at work.  You might feel stuck. Or passed over. Or taken advantage of. Or just wanting someone to say “thank you” for all you’re doing–for goodness sakes.

Or _____________________ (it’s okay, let it out first). Life it tricky. Gratitude is never simple. The situation could always be better.

But this week, I encourage you to consider this question. What are you truly grateful for at work?

7 Reasons I’m Grateful at Work 

First, let me start here (because sometimes people think this looks easy). Starting up a business is tricky, with ups and downs. I’ve got my fair share of the fill-in-the-blank concerns.

But I choose gratitude. Here are a few of mine.

I encourage you to play along and share your top 7 (or even one or two).

  1. Partnership
    Hands down the magic of 2016 for which I’m most grateful is my expanded partnership with my co-author, David Dye.  Finding the right partner makes all the difference. If you don’t yet have a friend like this in your life, I encourage you to find someone who will challenge you, encourage you, tell you that you are wonderful, and help you work on your flaws. My biggest gratitude of 2016 is for this real deal partnership in work and in life.
  2. Mistakes
    A few times, I’ve rolled the dice big and lost. I trusted the wrong people, bet on the wrong collaboration. And yet, I’m still grateful for playing full out. More bets have gone right than wrong. And now I’m entering the next phase a little more well informed.
  3. Our Team
    This year we couldn’t have scaled the way we did without our amazing team. What I love best is how they work together, even when we’re off speaking or consulting… they’re holding down the fort and passionately working to advance the Winning Well mission. Beth, Vickie, Megan, Amy, Paul, Chris W, Chris H, Doug, Sean et al, and of course, Sebastian and countless others who’ve helped along the way. We are grateful for you.
  4. Collaboration
    We have an army of kindred spirits whom we believe in and who believe in the work we do. I am deeply grateful for the leaders around the world we’ve had a pleasure to work with in their businesses or ours–speakers, consultants, journalists, bloggers, podcasters, family and friends who are doing all taking action to blend the bottom line with the human spirit.
  5. Stretching
    First, I’m so grateful for the many folks who’ve worked to convince their bosses that Winning Well was right for their organizations. They bet on the ROI and it proved out. I’m also so grateful for the stretching you have caused me to do. “Can you do this?” “How can you challenge us in this way?” I continue to grow because of all of you.
  6. Progress
    When David and I were writing Winning Well, this was our theme song. Inch by inch… row by row… it’s a constant reminder for both us (or at least one of us, reminding the other of us when we hit a setback). When we can be truly grateful for the milestones and the progress and enjoy the journey, it makes all the difference.
  7. Learning
    Every time we do a program I have two emotions… How did we serve? And what could I do better? This year has been a tremendous journey of learning and improving. Which stories had the biggest impact? Which tools? Where should I have challenged more? I’m grateful for every single client with us along this journey.

Our recent Frontline Festival gave contributors a chance to give thanks. 

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


  1. zafarmanzoor

    Karin, Great post indeed. Excellent reasons are mentioned. For Win-Win situation, grateful attitude / behavior is essential and mandatory. It is also required for my own respect / motivation. The non-grateful behavior / attitude is quite demotivating and against the corporate requirements.
    Regards, Zafarmanzoor. Sr. Exec, Pakistan.

    • Karin hurt

      Zafarmanzoor, Thanks so much. I am grateful for your continued contributions to our LGL community.

  2. Sam

    Excellent list Karin. I’m grateful for feedback – it’s a great tool that helps me learn and improve for the future. I think if more businesses provided valuable feedback they would be more successful, because their employees would feel their work provides value to the company.

    • Karin Hurt

      Thanks, Sam! Excellent. I’m so with you. Feedback really is something to be grateful for.

  3. Gary Gruber

    My somewhat flip response was that if you don’t go to work, find 7 reasons to be grateful for not going to work. So, here they are without much commentary. If you don’t have a “regular” job you can fill in your own content.
    1. More time to pursue leisure time activities such as travel, fishing, sailing, hiking, etc.
    2. More good times with family
    3. Opportunities to learn through reading, research,exploration and discovery
    4. No need to hurry, time to stop and smell the roses, invite people to tea
    5. Less stress, no pressure, no deadlines except those that are self-imposed.
    6. Sufficient resources for comfort and convenience.
    7. Time to pursue those things that were previously postponed or deferred.

  4. Mitch Mitchell

    Well now… since I work for myself and for the last two years I’ve been home, I need to work on this one a bit more.

    I guess first thing is I’m grateful that I can make some money from home. The second is that I get to go out to lunch often. The third is when the weather is bad I don’t have to leave the house.

    That’s all I’ve got! 🙂


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Virtual Leadership Training Programs


Join the Let’s Grow Leaders community for free weekly leadership
insights, tools, and strategies you can use right away!


Join the Let’s Grow Leaders community for free weekly leadership
insights, tools, and strategies you can use right away!

Where in the World are
Karin & David?

Where in the World are
Karin & David?

Other Related Articles