The American Thanksgiving holiday is always a great opportunity and reminder to step back and appreciate, and express gratitude for, all the blessings we have in our lives. In that spirit, I decided to dedicate this week’s post to expressing my gratitude to our very own team here at The Ghannad Group, by publicly acknowledging them for who they are and what they do to make it possible for us to pursue our passion as our profession. I hope you will forgive my indulgence in this one internally focused post, and I hope you will be inspired to take the time to privately and publicly acknowledge your teammates for the ways in which they contribute to your own success.
Firstly, I want to assure our readers that we will be resuming our normal posting schedule next week, when we will be posting the 10th episode of the Transformative Leader podcast. This week, however, we are doing something a little different again. This week's blog post comes to you in the form of an ebook titled "Transformation Talk: Conversations with Leaders Driving Organizational Change" from Kintone, the solution provider for Business Transformation Platforms. My guest blog post which was originally published on Kintone's Leadership Blog, is featured on pages 4-10, followed by almost 50 pages full of valuable perspective form nine other respected experts with a great deal of experience in leading change and transformation. This resource is definitely worth reading and sharing, and I am glad to share it with all of you and I'm confident you will find a few nuggets in it that you can use.
Last week, we held our second public workshop at Serenbe and we could not be happier about the caliber of participants we had at the event. Once again, we had a great mix of industries represented, as well as different functions, levels of responsibility, and geographic locations, not to mention a variety of business situations and challenges. Our participants came from 8 companies across 9 states and they took my request to heart that they should treat the session as a potluck, rather than a buffet, and they made massive contributions to each other and to our team.
During the course of the past couple of months, as we promoted our first public Transformative Leader workshop, we have posted two dozen updates and have had many conversations and email exchanges about what the workshop was all about and what it would deliver. We made up flyers and updated our website and sent out posts on social media, but in retrospect none of the descriptions we provided really came close to representing the quality of interaction we had with and amongst our 14 wonderful participants last Thursday; their testimonies were consistently about how the workshop was so different than any other training they had experienced previously.
Those of you who follow my blog or other posts on social media may have heard about our upcoming workshop retreat. You may have noticed that my team and I are very excited about it whenever we bring it up. Well, this is the week it happens. In fact, on the day this post is published, we will be at Serenbe Farms with 15 leaders, from six companies across six states, who have chosen to invest a day in themselves on behalf of their organizations through their pursuit of the goal of Transformative Leadership. The trust that these participants have placed in us is humbling and my team and I have been working tirelessly to ensure an extraordinary experience for them. It is our goal that they leave the event equipped with both the mindset and the knowledge to serve and lead others more effectively than they previously thought possible, enabling them to experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from making a greater difference in their organizations and communities.