Why Gratitude Is Important for Leaders

How are you showing appreciation in your job?

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Kat Cole, North America COO and president at FOCUS Brands, got her start as a waitress at Hooters, but quickly rose to executive-level positions. In this video, Kat explains her fondest memories of working for the restaurant chain, but also how she stayed present in each moment and took time to appreciate every lesson she learned.

“Seeing the company grow from just 100 or so (people) when I started to almost 500, and almost $1 billion in revenue in 33 countries. Those are kind of the highlights,” she reminisced.

“I think what was most important generally while I was at Hooters was the level of pride and gratitude I demonstrated everyday,” Kat said. “I was insanely grateful for the opportunities the company gave me at such a young age.”

So the highlights of working at Hooters were, of course, really first real career so that's meaningful. Getting to rock the orange shorts was a total blast, affording me the opportunity to open businesses around the world, I will always be grateful for. Being a part of an executive team of a company that was fully vertically integrated so being a part of everything from airlines to manufacturing to distribution to the restaurant side was a gift.

Being a part of a company that was going through extreme change, the death of a CEO, transition of ownership, I learned so much. And seeing the company grow from just $100 or so when I started to almost $500 and almost $1 billion in revenue in 33 countries. So those are kind of the highlights.

I think what was most important, generally, while I was at Hooters is the level of pride and gratitude that I demonstrated every day. I was incredibly proud of what we were building, everything from our tuition reimbursement program to the way we treated our employees to the growth of the company and I was insanely grateful for the opportunities that company gave me at such a young age. That was obvious literally every day for the 15 years I was there.
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Kat Cole

Kat Cole’s twitter handle reads “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, Coffee-loving Chronic Learner” – this not only describes her as a person, it describes the philosophies she applies to busi...

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