The Practice of Grace

Are you in a habit of practicing grace?

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Women 2019, Susan Packard, co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former COO of HGTV, shares why leaders should get in the habit of practicing grace over amassing power. 

“[Practicing grace] is not something that's natural for people in power, unfortunately,” shares Susan. “Most people in power get into a place where they love the power and they love their position. Our instinct is that we want to amass power, but it's not our humanity.”

How do you go against your instincts and strive for grace? Watch the video to learn a few things you can do to get in the habit of practicing grace for your followers.

People in power practicing grace: First of all, this is not something that's natural for people in power, unfortunately. Most people in power get into a place where they love the power and they love their position. Our instinct is that we want to amass power, but it's not our humanity.

So, how do you do it? I have all kinds of ways that you practice grace. Everything from meditation and prayer, to being in nature, to finding purpose in the work that you do beyond a paycheck. Being able to identify that, these are the three reasons I'm here and none of them have to do with my being paid. If you can do that, if you can find meaning in your work, beyond just the financial aspect of it, all of those are moments of grace. And they help you to stay in that place of grace when you are in the most trying and stressful of times.

If someone is wanting to practice grace, they could start real easily. If they're talking to someone in the hallway, put the phone down or at least put it where you can't look at it, because believe it or not, so much communication today is interrupted because of technology.

Another thing is, we're always running to the next thing. We're so hurried that sometimes we can be very brusque with other people. If somebody stops you in the hallway and you're going to another meeting, take a breath before you blow them off, and you may need to say, “Hey, can you circle back with me in 30 minutes?” So somehow you have to build a habit in, and I actually even did it on my calendar, so that I would have the time during the day so that I wasn't back to back in meetings. Because people could stick their head in and ask questions and I could be available.
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Susan Packard

Susan Packard is co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) and former chief operating officer of HGTV. She enabled HGTV to become one of the fastest-growing cable networks in television history. Susan was the second employee of...

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