My guest for this episode is Kathleen Panning. Kathleen earned her Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She was ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1980. She has served congregations in rural and urban settings, ranging in size from 150 to 6000+ members.

Retiring from parish ministry in 2014, that year she became the first clergy person to become a Fascinate® Certified Advisor, using the How To Fascinate® material with faith leaders, nonprofits, and their leadership board to help them improve communication and work together as a team.

For about 5.5 years, Kathleen hosted a live, weekly radio show that was heard internationally. Her guest list included people who talked about spirituality, nonprofit leadership, mission and purpose, and just about anything that can relate to being a leader in a faith community or nonprofit.  Kathleen now has a new podcast, Tilted Halo, for women of faith in leadership who feel pressured to be perfect but know perfectly well that they are not.

Her passion is to speak about and train leaders on the power of gratitude to transform their personal lives and their organization to bring greater clarity of purpose and appreciation for family, staff, employees, clients, and the larger community. Doing this will have a positive impact on employee satisfaction and retention, client or customer satisfaction and engagement, and community relationships, all leading to a healthier bottom line.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • What is gratitude, and why is it important?
  • How does the practice of gratitude influence effective leadership within nonprofit organizations?
  • What benefits can organizations experience when leaders emphasize gratitude?
  • How does changing your mindset to focus on gratitude become a highly impactful transformation?
  •  What attitudes can fatally undermine your sense of gratitude?

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