International Institute for Learning (IIL) and McGraw-Hill Professional Publish Book that will Dramatically Alter the Landscape of the Modern Workplace

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Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results, by renowned author Judith W. Umlas, to be published November 2, 2012.

James Autry, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Peter Block, Peter Senge, Max DePree, Margaret Wheatley, James C. Hunter, and others have embraced, supported and/or simply written about a concept known as "Servant Leadership," in which a leader looks to the needs of the people first and asks him- or herself how he or she can help them to solve problems and support their personal development. This concept has been around for many years, has affected many leaders and as a result, the people they have led.

Now IIL and McGraw-Hill Professional are launching a fresh, new concept that it is believed will have an energizing and empowering effect in the workplace: Grateful Leadership. It embodies a culture-shifting idea that is based on the results of the training and global speaking engagements of author Judith W. Umlas on Leadership and the Power of Acknowledgment®. Grateful Leadership focuses on the leader's role in making his or her people feel known, appreciated and valued for their contribution.

Mary Glenn, Associate Publisher, Business & Finance, McGraw-Hill Professional is enthusiastic about this collaboration. "In her previous book, The Power of Acknowledgment, Umlas laid out the '7 Principles of Acknowledgment' that became the foundation for courses and keynotes in which tens of thousands of professionals participated. In this new book, Judith W. Umlas will guide those exposed to this concept toward more effective leadership, immediately and effortlessly, through the power of acknowledgment and appreciation. We are very excited about being part of this corporate culture shift. The world needs it!"

E. LaVerne Johnson, President and CEO of IIL, expressed her excitement about working with McGraw-Hill Professional to make this message go even further than it already has. "IIL has put five years into building the brand and reaching the world of project managers, engineers and business analysts with the message of The Power of Acknowledgment. We believe in its capability to totally transform the workplace and are excited about bringing it to an even broader audience through our association with McGraw-Hill Professional."

"Without a doubt," believes Umlas, "leaders must demonstrate, in a heartfelt and sincere way, their gratitude for the work and engagement of their people on an ongoing basis. It is appreciation more than compensation that has people wanting to participate powerfully in achieving the maximum level of success for their organization. And there are specific ways that this acknowledgment can and should be demonstrated." Umlas challenges ideas like: too much acknowledgment makes it less meaningful; that people should only be acknowledged if they are doing great in all areas, rather than selecting what is going right and letting them know about it; that people will be less inclined to work hard if they know they are appreciated.

Umlas recently trained military officers in the U.S. Army at West Point in a full-day workshop and then trained their families in a follow-up evening session. She also delivered a workshop at Google's New York City office last month, where the core concepts of authentic acknowledgment came to life and light:

"Judy brings an important message to the world through the Power of Acknowledgment. Expressing appreciation for the work people are doing, for who the people are, provides great power. First, people feel understood and validated and it releases a lot of energy for them. Second, it creates a bond between people, a space for love and gratitude, a space for new and exciting possibilities." - Misha Leder, Software Engineer, Google, New York City

Umlas has delivered many keynote addresses for Project Management Institute (PMI®) chapters and congresses around the world; spoken at the U.S. Justice Department and trained 50 executives at the New York Police Department, with numerous training engagements at Volvo Powertrain, North America. In Invensys, Brazil, Senior Director of Engineering, Roberto Daniel said, "I have always been practicing appraisals for my co-workers, and having a chocolate candy box was a simple and powerful way to do it. I was struck by Judy's initiative when I learned of it, and immediately got in touch with her. Since that time, I have been recognizing my team mates with a candy box AND the POA book! It's an incredible and heartfelt way to boost the employees' morale and team's motivation.”

Many of these expressions and initiatives will be emphatically illuminated in her upcoming book Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results, which combines the highly successful life and work altering, transformational principles of her first book with the applicable, meaningful lessons and insights she has gained in teaching them.

The PDF version of the book can be pre-ordered by going to IIL Bookstore and will be delivered November 3rd, 2012.

The original book is still available ( and Umlas has completed the manuscript for The Power of Acknowledgment for Kids… and their Parents, Grandparents, Teachers and Coaches, to be published later this year.

IIL's mission is to embody its three key values - Intelligence, Integrity, and Innovation - in empowering individuals and organizations to advance their skills and abilities, increase collective knowledge and capabilities and operate more efficiently and effectively. For information regarding IIL's products, services, curriculum, and free webinars, visit International Institute for Learning, Inc.

About Judith W. Umlas
Judith W. Umlas is the publisher of IIL Publishing, New York; Publisher of project management web portal; and Sr. Vice President, author and trainer at International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL). She has worked in television production, marketing, and corporate business development at CBS, PBS cable television and IIL. Her writing credits include articles published in Working Woman magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and many other newspapers and magazines. She speaks on The Power of Acknowledgment all over the world. For more information, visit

About International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL)
International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) is a global leader in professional training and comprehensive consulting services in the areas of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, PRINCE2®, Business Analysis, Microsoft® Office Project and Project Server, and Lean Six Sigma. In addition to its many course offerings, productivity tools, and professional certification pathways, IIL leads the way in customized course development. Its Many Methods of Learning™ enable IIL companies in more than 18 major countries around the world to deliver innovative, effective, and consistent training solutions via a variety of learning platforms (traditional classroom, virtual classroom and on-demand training). IIL is an IIBA endorsed education provider, a PMI® charter global registered education provider, a member of PMI's Silver Alliance Circle member, and PMI's Corporate Council. For more information and free webinars visit or call 800-325-1533. Also visit the IIL Knowledge portal at

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