Judith W. Umlas is Sr. Vice President, author and trainer at International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL), a global corporate training company. She wrote the ground-breaking books including: The Power of Acknowledgment,  Grateful Leadership, Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results, and You’re Totally Awesome! The Power of Acknowledgment for Kids. In 2016 she founded the Center for Grateful Leadership whose members from around the world are committed to practicing and implementing the Grateful Leadership initiative in their organizations. 

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Show Highlights

  • The power of the written word & How Not to Talk to a Pregnant Business Woman
  • Why feedback matters so much
  • Avoid the feedback sandwich and establish a strong culture of appreciation instead 
  • Psychological safety engages people in growing the culture
  • Five Cs framework and tools for every leader
  • 97.6 chance that you will not do it if you say this
  • The difference between recognition versus acknowledgement
  • Celebrating failure and successful mistakes
  • Acknowledgement is the antidote to bullying
Judy Ulmas: The importance of grateful leadership

“Make our corporate culture be a culture of appreciation so people feel visible, noticed, appreciated and approved. They know that they exist. They know that they can make a difference.”

Judy Ulmas



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