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A Link Between Gratitude and Innovation? We Believe So!

“The greater your capacity for sincere appreciation, the deeper the connection to your heart, where intuition and unlimited inspiration and possibilities reside.” —HeartMath Institute

Our leadership has always believed in counting blessings and giving back. As we explained, about this time last year, we know having a business culture of gratitude matters in so many ways from attracting the best talent to providing outstanding customer service. But this year we decided to examine a less obvious benefit of gratitude: the impact appreciation has on creativity and the correlation between gratitude and innovation.

1. Gratitude engages employees.

The 2013 Gallup State of the American Workplace report revealed that “engaged employees” are responsible for driving the majority of the innovation in highly successful organizations. Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are “involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.” Yet, updated 2016 Gallup information shows fewer than 35% of workers are characterized as engaged.

According to BridgeBetween.com, one of the best and most cost effective ways of encouraging and developing employee engagement is through gratitude.

2. The Power of Appreciation.

In order to be grateful, you must first appreciate. From a financial point of view, “if a stock appreciates, it increases in value.”  Accomplishments and the people behind them can’t be valued, or increase in value, unless appreciated.

“What you appreciate, appreciates.” —Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money

In 2016 we appreciate:


Scientific studies have proven there is a link between gratitude and creative problem solving. When we experience positive emotions we enhance our ability to solve problems and come up with more ideas for action.” – Linda Naiman, Founder, Creativity at Work


4.Gratitude allows room for failure.

It is said that ‘Failure is the Mother of Success.’ But too often innovation is killed in organizations who do not cultivate a culture where failure is an acceptable and necessary part of the process.

“Innovation is the result of iterative learning processes as well as environments that encourage experimentation, critical inquiry, critical debate, and accept failures as a necessary part of the process.” – Edward D. Hess, Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the Darden Graduate School of Business


5. Innovation Requires Teamwork.

Innovation takes teamwork, according to Entrepreneur.com author Keith Ayers, “A brilliant idea becomes an innovation when it is turned into a product or system that produces significantly improved results.”

In her podcast on ‘Creative Gratitude,’ Shannon Waller, Founder and Creator of the Strategic Coach® Entrepreneurial Team® Programs discusses approaching people from a place of gratitude and appreciation can powerfully transform your key relationships, both in and out of the workplace.

Listen to the Team Success podcast by Strategic Coach on ‘creative gratitude’: