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December 2017 Newsletter

The holiday season is often a time for reflection, taking stock, and gratitude. Because we live the unconventional in many aspects of our lives and the programs we offer, we focused on unconventional gratitude for this month. May you be challenged, provoked to think, and plan your actions boldly as we finish out 2017. Remember, courage is not the absence of fear, but rather acting in spite of its presence. Happy December and Happy Holidays to you!

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As November finishes out and we head into December, we wanted to make one final post regarding what we call unconventional gratitude. As we’ve said before, it’s easy to be grateful for the good things—health, family, success. But focusing on those things doesn’t typically cause any change. No movement forward. No momentum. And as we are in the business of causing change, we just don’t find a lot of value in focusing gratitude there.

Instead, we’ve spent the month challenging you to think about gratitude from another perspective. And to round out this series, we’ve decided to make a list of the top five unconventional things we are grateful for here at LeadQuine.

  1. TENSION.  Tension is what causes us to feel uncomfortable enough sitting stuck at point A that we are finally willing to move to point B. Tension causes change.
  2. FAILURE.  That’s right, we are grateful for failure. What’s that Chinese proverb? “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” We would add that while you’re getting back up, take a second to think about what went wrong so you can learn from that failure.
  3. CHAOS.  Sometimes it’s necessary to dwell in the chaos so that out of the 100 possibilities swirling around, you are able to find the one real winner.

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Nearly every company out there has at least a mention of philanthropy in their mission statement. Usually it includes something about giving back to the community they serve. It’s almost always vague and non-specific. We imagine this is by design so different teams or communities within the company can decide the most appropriate expression of that philanthropy for them.

At a time of year when every blog post, social media post, and commercial is about gratitude, we wanted to ask… How does your team connect to the company’s mission statement regarding giving back?

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November is a month when many individuals and organizations turn their focus to gratitude. In recent years, we’ve seen this trend explode with the growth of social media.  While gratitude month, as we’ve dubbed it, is a great opportunity sit and reflect on what we are grateful for in our daily lives, it started us thinking.

What are you so NOT grateful for?

That’s right. We want you to think about what you’re NOT grateful for. What just makes your ears go flat against your head in anger or displeasure, like our little Lily in the picture above? Maybe it’s the way a colleague never seems to listen to you. Maybe it’s your fear of speaking or presenting during a meeting. Maybe it’s feedback you’ve received that’s less than flattering about how you conduct yourself with your team.

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