Each one of us has a “bucket” that is emptied or filled based on each of the 20,000 encounters we experience each day. When our bucket is full, we feel productive, passionate, and excited. However, when our bucket is empty, we feel angry, down, and disconnected.  Fortunately, we are not powerless over full and empty buckets. We all also have a “dipper” which empowers us to fill (or empty) others’ buckets.  Here are some quotes from Tom Rath and Donald Clifton’s How Full is your Bucket? to remind us to start filling buckets and to surround ourselves with other bucket fillers:

  • The #1 reason people leave their jobs: They don’t feel appreciated.
  • Bad bosses could increase the risk of stroke by 33%.
  • A study found that negative employees can scare off every customer (or family, in our case) they speak with – for good.
  • 65% of Americans received no recognition in the workplace last year.
  • 9 out of 10 people say they are more productive when they’re around positive people.
  • Increasing positive emotions could lengthen life span by 10 years.

Next week, when the Lower School teachers return for Preplanning, we are going to do some bucket filling (literally) that may or may not involve races. We are also going to do some bucket filling (figuratively) to create a healthy work culture.




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