August 22, 2018 - JOLT - Leading with acknowledgement? -

August 22, 2018 – JOLT – Leading with acknowledgement?

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Aug 22

“The single greatest cause of happiness is gratitude.” – Auliq-Ice

Most books have a section…

of acknowledgements at the beginning or the end.

The author takes time to personally notice all the players in the game that eventually became the book.

It’s a wonderful experience to be recognized as having been instrumental in the creation of something.

The late Sridevi, Indian cinema’s first female superstar, said “Acknowledgement and recognition from authoritative quarters are important to every artiste.”

Truth is, we are all “artistes” in our own life, performing to the best of our ability. Plus, we’re all writing the book of life according to us every minute.

Question is: how often are we writing (and rewriting) our acknowledgements section?

Jack Canfield has quoted a recent management study which revealed that “46% of employees leaving a company do so because they feel underappreciated; 61% said their bosses don’t place much importance on them as people, and 88% said they do not receive acknowledgement for the work they do.”

Now, redirect awareness of that same issue from the workplace to the home, romantic relationships, the family, etc., and you have plenty of blank pages to be filled.

When will you write today’s acknowledgement section? Who will you send it to? And will you write it at the beginning or the end of the day/book? (Hint: A pre-emptive strike of acknowledgment has wheels turn that might not when waiting to report afterwards.)

Jack Canfield also quoted that “Research has shown over and over again that the more you acknowledge your past successes, the more confident you become in taking on and successfully accomplishing new ones.”

Guess who gets acknowledged first on the list?

Local to Southern California? Join us in acknowledging Back Forty possibilities, hosted by Wharton OC Alumni. Click Here for more details. All are welcome. 

Got acknowledgement lead?

“Leaders don’t look for recognition from others, leaders look for others to recognize.”- Simon Sinek

About the Author

DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.