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68 Leading with Gratitude and Grit: Insights from Dr Sarah Ratekin

68 Leading with Gratitude and Grit: Insights from Dr Sarah Ratekin

Update: 2024-06-17
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Welcome to The Knowing Self Knowing Others Podcast, where we explore self-aware leadership with global thought leaders. In today's episode, our host Nia Thomas sits down with Dr Sarah Ratekin, 

Sarah grew up in the Midwest and quickly realized the toll that an unhappy work life can take on a person. She experienced first-hand how a negative workplace environment can impact every aspect of a person's life. This led her to challenge the notion of work-life balance and instead focus on the idea that life encompasses everything, including work. She believes in creating a sustainable and enjoyable work experience, rather than adhering to the belief that work should be miserable. This realization sparked her passion for advocating for healthier workplace environments and work culture.

With a focus on people as the heart of any organization, Sarah shares her journey of founding Happiness is Courage to promote positivity in the workplace.  During their conversation, Sarah discusses her inspirational journey from unenjoyable workplace experiences to becoming a chief happiness officer trained by the Woohoo Academy. She emphasizes the importance of gratitude in balancing our natural inclination towards negativity and combating the epidemic of isolation, while also delving into the concept of grit and the lack of emotional literacy in the English language.

The discussion extends to the crucial aspect of self-awareness in leadership, the impact of workplace stress, and strategies for fostering a positive workplace culture. From the need for transparency and trust to addressing organizational inflammation, Sarah and Nia provide valuable insights for nurturing kinder, more respectful, and creative working relationships.

So, join us as we embark on a journey of reflection, recognition, and regulation, aiming to develop self-aware leaders and promote a positive, healthy workplace culture.

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68 Leading with Gratitude and Grit: Insights from Dr Sarah Ratekin

68 Leading with Gratitude and Grit: Insights from Dr Sarah Ratekin

Dr Nia D Thomas