In this week's episode we discuss the final chapter of our book, “Managing to Make a Difference.” It’s about gratitude. In this chapter we encourage readers to think about the people who made a significant, positive and lasting difference in their lives and to answer the following question: “What did each of these people do that made such a big difference?”  This act of self-reflection provides important insights and guidance about how to make a positive difference in the lives of the people you care about.

Instead of just talking about doing this exercise, we decided to give listeners a glimpse of what it’s like to express gratitude in this way. Four of us have participated in this 52-week podcast: Larry Sternberg, Kim Turnage, Kyle Bruss and Kim Shirk. We each take a turn to express gratitude to a few of the people who made a big difference in our lives. We also include a special guest in this episode, Maribel Cruz, and we invite you to tune in to listen to her.

Although the exercise begins with thinking about these individuals and what they did, the most important part of the activity is to actually contact each of these people to let them know what a difference they have made. We hope that you’ll take the time to make this meaningful deposit in their emotional bank accounts. It will be richly rewarding for both of you.

And we want to express our sincere gratitude to our listeners, and also our hope that we have made a difference for you. We wish you all the best!

+ Larry Sternberg, Kim Turnage, Kyle Bruss & Kimberly Shirk

This post highlights chapters from Managing to Make a Difference (Wiley), a handbook for hitting the sweet spot of middle management. Click here to see posts on previous chapters. Connect with Kim Turnage and Larry Sternberg on LinkedIn to see their latest updates.