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The power of a thank you

Thanking someone is a powerful two-way street that invites further connection and collaboration. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about why thanking people matters both in terms of our own personal well-being and our organization’s mission. They walk through three kinds of thank yous and why they matter. By the end of the episode, you will have reflected on have-to, want-to, and get-to thank you messages and how you could implement them within your organization.  

Question to reflect on before you listen:
How often does your board talk about the context in which your work happens?

Discussion questions:

  1. What resonated with you about this conversation? What would you like to take back to your organization?
  2. Sarah introduced three kinds of thank yous: have-to, want-to, and get-tos. How do you implement these three kinds of thank yous in your organization?
  3. Thanking is a great way to involve volunteers and board members. How might you engage others in your thanking efforts? 

Word of the week: Thank

“Thank” is related to “think,” specifically remembrance. Who is important to your mission or movement? Who was important along your journey to now? How might you thank them in a way that shows that you remember their contribution? 

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