Behind the Scenes of my International Project Management Day Keynote Taping: From Cowardly Lion to Lionhearted Leader!

Grateful Leadership: A Tool to Build Engagement

By Joanna Durand, Citi Managing Director, GPMO Head, CPMC/SEPG Chair On June 9, I visited the International Institute for Learning (IIL), to film a segment on Grateful Leadership, with Judy Umlas. Judy, a Senior Vice President at IIL, is an expert on the concept of Grateful Leadership. In fact, she literally wrote the book on it, titled, as

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IPM Day 2015: Ensuring a Sustainable Future

This year IIL will focus the content of our virtual conference around Sustainability.  There was overwhelming demand for Sustainability subject matter from our more than 65,000 registrants last year.  Experts and thought leaders from this space are coming together to create a tremendous program. Curtis Ravenel, Chief Sustainability Officer for Bloomberg, will speak in a roundtable

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Does Lean Six Sigma Truly Stifle Creativity?

By Anne Foley, PMP, MBB, CSSBB, Director of Lean Six Sigma, IIL  I just finished reading an article about a well-known company that has decided to stop training employees on the concepts, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma.  I secretly hoped that this decision was made by one of our competitors… but no such

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Passing the Grateful Leadership Torch!

For many years, whenever Judith W. Umlas, Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment Author and Trainer has led courses and keynote sessions at companies around the world, she has often been approached by very enthusiastic participants who want to become certified to lead this transformational, high-impact initiative in their companies. They want the results

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Passing the Torch…

To tell the truth, I never thought I would ever be writing a blog post like this one. Ever since I wrote my first book, The Power of Acknowledgment in 2006, and IIL put me on the road training leaders and emerging leaders with the courses we developed around the book, I have to admit

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Earth Day= Every Day in Sustainability Practice

Every year, today, on April 22nd millions of people worldwide come together to celebrate the Earth.  This momentous event began in the United States in 1970, and is now celebrated in over 192 countries.  It is a day that eco-activists and environmentalists use to educate the world on vital and urgent issues affecting our Climate,

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A Stirring Story

A while back I led a virtual course in Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment. One of the participants approached me by email afterward, telling me how valuable she had found the course to be for her, for her team and her organization. She wanted to know, however, if I could help her with

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You Can’t Make That Stuff Up!

My colleague Nathalie Udo, IIL Author and Trainer,  shared this amazing and positive learning experience that occurred after she gave a copy of You’re Totally Awesome! The Power of Acknowledgment for Kids to a friend of hers. Her friend Jarrod Jacobi wrote: “A while back you gave me a book by your friend Judy Umlas.

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