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Giving and Receiving Thanks

November 28, 2022

THANK YOU for 5 by 5

Thank You.

Why is it so easy to say “thank you” when someone lends us a hand, yet we avoid saying it when we receive a compliment? Instead of showing appreciation, we often deflect that gesture of gratitude.

When we say “thank you” without any conditions or self-deprecation:

  • We accept the gifts of others and better internalize our value.

  • We acknowledge someone’s contribution, often given from a place of vulnerability

  • We encourage open lines of communication for ongoing coaching and feedback

  • We create a better work environment that includes healthy forms of motivation and support

Change your approach this week and pay attention to the results. Say “thank you”, especially when you receive a compliment from someone.

Topics: Culture Education
Jeff Schiefelbein

Written by Jeff Schiefelbein

Jeff Schiefelbein is the Chief Culture Officer for 5 where he oversees sales, marketing and recruiting. Jeff has a proven track record of innovation and leadership through his involvement in company start-ups, technology development, personal coaching, and strategic management. Before 5, Jeff served as the Vice President of Sales at First Choice Power. Jeff has also been nationally recognized for the creation and implementation of CARPOOL at Texas A&M University, the nation’s most successful college safe-ride program to reduce drunk driving. For his work on CARPOOL, Jeff was featured on ABC’s Volunteers Across America and has won numerous awards, including the National Daily Point of Light Award and the Texas Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He advises several nonprofits and serves as the President of the Board for The Highlands School in Irving, Texas. He is also a motivational speaker and the host of a monthly Catholic radio show.