Day 7: Gratitude

This month’s Day 7 has focused on getting behind the movement by supporting those we care about and the work they are doing and by showing our gratitude to the people who are there for us in the same way!

7 days of gratitude

If you’ve been following along on social media, you’ve seen that we’ve been demonstrating a variety of ways that you can show the support and gratitude that you have for others. Although all of the activities we have practiced this week are meaningful and sincere ways to show appreciation, one of the best and simplest ways to show gratitude is to put your thoughts into action and tell people exactly how grateful we are. We want to encourage you to take that step todayWe’ve made it easy for you, too.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

Download this template and use it for those who have made an impact in your life. Not sure where to start? Here are a few people to say thanks to:

Parents and care-givers, siblings, grandparents and other family members, friends, your spouse or partner, teachers and mentors, neighbors, roommates, advisors and supervisors, co-workers, your mail carrier, barista, or mechanic, and any other person who you can think of that makes a difference in your life.

For us at LeaderShape, we are grateful to have so many people to thank for getting behind our movement of a just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible! Campus partners, sponsors, facilitators, donors, participants, and anyone in our community who is living LeaderShape. Today we want to take a moment to show our gratitude for just a few of our past graduates.

Varun Arora –  OpenCurriculum
Varun is the CEO at OpenCurriculum, a California-based nonprofit education technology company that is helping teachers all around the world teach better. Their a mission is to bring openness and innovation to K-12 curriculum around the world.

Varun participated in the Institute in Doha, Qatar in 2009, and in 2011 Google named him a Zeitgeist Young Mind. We believe in life-long learning and appreciate Varun’s commitment to the continued learning of teachers and their students.

Marly Q. Casanova – PARK Project
Marly has been spreading kindness through her PARK Project, which stands for Performing Acts of Random Kindness. Not long ago, Marly shared a copy of her Breakthrough Blueprint from 2004 and how it has been a driving force in her life. In 2017, she came back to a national session of the Institute as a Guest Leader and was invited to do the same at the South Florida consortium session. Our thanks goes to Marly for living and sharing LeaderShape!

Jessica Ekstrom – Headbands of Hope
Founder of Headbands of Hope, named Women’s Health Magazine’s Ultimate Game Changer, professional speaker, creator of the Mic Drop Workshop, and more. Jess cares deeply about helping kids feel confident during the difficult time of cancer treatment and empowering women to join the #SisterSpeaker revolution by helping women feel confident in their story, impact, and public speaking. We want Jess to know how much we appreciate how she has activated her care for others in the world through her work and life. 

Tyler Tolson – Denik LLC
As one of the founders of Denik, Tyler is an example of someone who lives out his values and vision through his work and beyond. Denik is a social enterprise that empowers and enlivens artists and helps to build schools in underdeveloped areas – and they do this by making beautiful products like notebooks. Each purchase helps to fund education projects worldwide. With the help of their partner Pencils of Promise, they will soon build their fifth school!

“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.” Mahatma Gandhi

We know this isn’t an exhaustive list of LeaderShapers out there doing great work. But it’s a start. We hope you’ll make a start with us!

#toleadread Book Club: The Hate U Give

The LeaderShape community has chosen a book for first-ever read-along! Join us in reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.HateUGive

You can find the book everywhere – really! It is a William C. Morris Award Winner, has been recognized with the Printz Book Honor, and is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. It also made it to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Head to the library, listen to it through platforms like Audible, and if you buy it online, we’d love for you to connect to our AmazonSmile account (Amazon donate .5% of eligible purchases to us when you do so).

We have about a month to read the book and the LeaderShape staff will be sharing their progress on our social media accounts along the way. We hope you’ll share yours as well! Be sure to use #toleadread so we don’t miss them.

Finally, mark your calendar for 1:00pm CST on Wednesday, November 28. This is the day we’ll come together to discuss the book. We’ll have a few questions to get things rolling, and a small panel of LeaderShape staff and friends will be leading the way. We want to hear from you as well, so we’ll be using BigMarker, the same platform we use for our webinar series. There will be several ways for you to add your thoughts to the conversation through this platform. Be sure to save your spot by registering here.

We’re eager to read along with you and are looking forward to November 28!

November: Getting Behind the Movement (Part II)

This month we invite everyone to get behind the movement with us. Our foundation is built on community and the impact that it will have on the future. The best way to enhance YOUR own personal movement is to get behind the movement of others. See the ripple effect in action this month as we ALL strive to become part of the movement.

The first step to getting involved is to support those who are doing great things.

Below is a peak at some of what we’ll be sharing on our social media platforms this month. We’re eager to reflect with the LeaderShape community this month!

#LeaderShapeWeb

Another installment in our LeaderShape Webinar Series returns with Saying Yes Less: Why It Matters and How to Do It with Jeffrey Cufaude on Wednesday, November 14th at 12:05 p.m. CST. Save your seat for the webinar by clicking here!

November 2018 Webinar Promotion FB (1)This webinar explores saying yes less, why it matters and the beliefs and behaviors required to do it. While the principles discussed in the webinar are relevant for individuals and organizations, our time together will focus almost exclusively on their individual application. Specifically, we will explore the following questions:

  • What beliefs influence your philosophy of yes?
  • To what offers or opportunities would you definitely say no? Why?
  • With what people or in what situations do you most often feel obliged to say yes?
  • What are potential pitfalls of embracing the improv philosophy of yes and?
  • What are helpful ways of saying no that lessen any potential negative consequences?

To Lead, Give

#GivingTuesday is a special call to action, creating a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season to inspire giving every day. As a not-for-profit organization, we depend on financial contributions and your generosity moves us closer to our mission and vision. Help us kick off the giving season on this year’s Giving Tuesday, November 28, by donating to LeaderShape. We’ll be sharing more details on all of our social media platforms later this month.

LeaderShapers in Action

LeaderShapers In ActionOver the past few weeks, we have heard from LeaderShapers across the nation who  are staying in action. Allison S. (Institute, National Session) says “[leadership] does not have one blanket definition of ‘being involved’, but it instead encompasses the actions that we chose to make every single day”. Chad E. (Institute, University of Lincoln-Nebraska), took action in being one step closer to bringing his vision to reality by publishing his own book. Ari A. (Institute, Temple University) remembers how, “we defined our personal values and learned about leading with integrity by staying true to our values at both our valleys and our peaks.” April H. (Institute, Centennial College) shares this advice with future LeaderShapers of any program: “give it as much as you got, allow yourself to be uncomfortable, because it is only then that we truly learn and grow.”

We would like to share your story as well! If, as a result of a LeaderShape program, you have experienced a personal change in thought or behavior or have put what you’ve learned into action. We can’t wait to hear from you!