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Share Good News!

Feb 20, 2019
By: Tammy T. Jelinek

Leadership Blog: Share Good News!

We often hear, see and react to the bad news. How about we share the good news? Not just react to negative things with a positive attitude, but actually share good news! Did you:

  • Receive a new grant, with administration dollars?
  • Hire a great new team member who has the passion for taking the agency into the future?
  • Decide what legacy you plan to leave as you give notice about your retirement date?
  • Help a family meet an outcome that puts them on the path to stability?
  • Check one thing off your to-do list?

When I present to new leaders, I often tease them by asking, “How many times do you do the right thing, make a good decision or solve a problem and you are the only one around to see it and you have to pat yourself on the back?!?!” Then we dialog about ego and such.

Here is a truth: It really is okay to share when something goes well. Learning from our successes (meaning that you share them so others can learn what went right too) is just as powerful as learning from our mistakes. And it feels pretty good too! Sometimes we need those little wins — or big wins — to help get through the non-wins.

Moving forward, how will you share good news in a way that feels authentic to you? 
How will you encourage others to share good news?

Let us know what you come up with in your answers.

Wishing you a great day, and remember:  Lead with legacy.


Tammy Jelinek has over 20 years of experience in working in and with fabulous organizations. This blog will explore what it’s like for her to lead as a woman, as a GenXer, and as a person who truly wants to lead with legacy—meaning she wants to walk her talk. Tammy has presented training nationally across the United States, built businesses, coached amazing people and built a career in the squiggliest path known to man…or in this case, woman. She has a passion for being curious, helping people and making actions happen.

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