Yesterday morning I attended the Leadership Metro Richmond annual Leadership Conference. Second City Communications out of Chicago were the featured presenters. It was a joyful event. I got to see fellow alums I haven’t seen for a while. I met a few new folks and most importantly got to play a little.
The focus of the presentation was using improvisation techniques to spur innovation. I was familiar with all of the tools they offered us. None the less, I was impressed by some of the language they used. I will probably write several blogs about this event. Today, I want to address the concept of an Attitude of Gratitude.
The lady who appeared to be the lead presenter was named Butch. The minute she introduced herself I knew I was going to enjoy spending time in her company. She spoke of approaching everyone as though they have the best of intensions. Whenever anyone interacts with you operate from the assumption that they mean you well. Give them the benefit of the doubt.
When someone brings you information good and particularly bad receive it with gratitude. Be thankful they brought you this gift of knowledge. Let’s face it; I know I’d rather hear bad news as soon as possible, so I can deal with it. So, when people bring you bad news they really are giving you a gift.
Responding in this manner will make people more likely to bring you the truth in a timely manner
Be thankful, because ignorance that you’re standing in the bull’s pasture is bliss, only until the bull tramples you.
><(("> Gayle Turner
Gayle is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a consulting firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.catchyourlimit.com.