What’s Your Thunder? The Attitude of Gratitude

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “What you are thunders so loudly, I cannot hear a word you say to the contrary.” When people think of you or me, what are the thoughts or feelings about the ‘thunder’ they experience?

Thanksgiving just passed. We are in the throes of all the commercialism that is the holidays (really, Christmas displays before Halloween?). A time of reflection, celebration, family, and friendship. Overeating, overindulging, seeing the family we love – and perhaps drives us crazy…

…all the things that make us who we are! For who are we if not shaped by our family, identified by our friends, measured in many ways by our accomplishments, and as healthy as our lifestyles? All of them make up our thunder…

…scary thunder, sharp thunder, destructive thunder. Or rolling thunder, transformative thunder, thunder that makes people sit up and take notice of themselves, their situation, their impact, or their world in a different way.

We live in truly thunderous times. 24/7 we are bombarded by the bombastic. The noise locally, nationally and globally is loud and often scary. Many of us have become immune to that noise. We must be immune, for if we truly listen, it becomes deafening…

…and that lack of listening, the required tuning it out, can truly put us in the shade and be part of the unwitting storm. So, let’s make what we are – our thunder – bring light.

TL 12.17 Image - gratitude 4

This is a time of thanks. It’s a time for us to really say big Thank YOU’s. Writing the words, shaking hands, and giving the (politically correct, with permission, being careful) hugs. (I actually ask permission now to give a compliment to a woman. Crazy!).

Thunderous applause and shy, sweet smiles are the results of who we are – and can be.
The attitude of gratitude, while a cliché, is powerful. Giving and thanks are the most powerful ways to create true prosperity and peace. As Henry David Thoreau said, “I am grateful for what I am and I have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

What can we give? At work, we can give a few moments to be sure we connect with the persons with whom we work, every day. ‘How are you?’ ‘How’s your Mom?’ ‘How was your weekend?’ We can say thank you. Every day. ‘Thanks for thinking of that detail. I’d have missed it.’ ‘Thanks for that powerful debate we just had. It made us better.’

In addition to giving us greater self-esteem, making us happier, and making us more optimistic, gratitude does have a great career and work benefits:
• Makes us better managers
• Reduces impatience and improves decision-making
• Helps us find meaning in our work
• Reduces employee turn-over
• Reduces work-related stress
(Sources: http://happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude/http://happierhuman.com/the-science-of-gratitude/https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2016/11/20/how-an-authentic-thank-you-can-change-your-workplace-culture/#299641279909https://gbr.pepperdine.edu/2010/08/gratitude-at-work/ )

We often bemoan the oxymoron that “customer service” can be. Yet, when the customer service rep comes on the line or is in front of us, there are two magical phrases you can use: his/her name; and ‘How are you?’. Customer service reps are trained to ask how we are. Watch what happens when you use his/her name, and say, ‘Been an OK day so far, Joseph. How’s your day going?’ The rapport, attitude, and service will invariably change.

As the holidays are upon us, let’s say ‘thank you’ large and small. It will prosper us at home, work, and in the community. The thunder of thanks keeps on giving.


If cultivating a happier, more productive organization sounds interesting to you, please feel free to contact us for more information. Our team will help you wrap up 2017 with an attitude of gratitude and position your business for great things in the new year! Info@ThirdLevel.com or +1-800-262-0705


"I wish I hadn't said _____!" How many times have you said or done something in the heat of the moment which you later regret? Discover what pushes your hot buttons and what causes you to do or say things you shouldn't and why? Gain control;


This fun 3-minute personality assessment identifies your personality's top Advantages at work. This doesn’t measure how you see the world… it measures how the world sees you. Discover your unique personal impact.


Powerful solutions that help managers, entrepreneurs & individuals maximize their performance - in work and in life! Are you and your team applying Emotional Intelligence?


Third Level positively transforms the performance of executives and their teams around the world through proprietary, proven and powerful tools and techniques as the pathway for developing high performance leaders, teams, and outstanding business results.


Gary Press

Owner and CEO of Lifestyle Management Group. Fort Lauderdale, USA.

Steve has repeatedly shown an innate talent to quickly capture the attention and build trust with the people in my businesses - particularly those in leadership positions. Once this happens, truths become unlocked and problems become solved. He delivers in an entertaining and engaging fashion that produces creative team work and bottom line profits.


Nick Williams

Managing Director – Digital, Lloyds Banking Group, London, England

I’m a better leader, husband and father as a result of the work I do with Stephen. I’ve engaged the programme with multiple teams over 12 years, and we continue to generate exceptional business results. I see the programme as my gift for all those who I’ve worked with and led. Without exception, they feel much better about themselves and the world they live in - delivering measurable business improvement through engagement as inspiring leaders of high-performing teams.

User Reviews

Why Choose Us

Learn your personal, unique strengths and differentiators that set you apart from your competition. Cut through the noise…get clarity and improve your relationships & teams.

  • Maximize your team’s talents
  • Allow your team to collaborate with enjoyment & superior results
  • Understand your engaging personality strengths
  • Learn your unique personality advantages to increase your bottom line
  • Enjoy increased synergy in your office: enhanced cooperation and creativity
  • Have a consultant on-hand to unravel complications and maximize opportunities

Applied Emotional Intelligence

Let's face it, business is all about relationships – with your customers, your team, and your vendors, relationships drive success.

Applied Emotional Intelligence has been described as “the capacity to effectively perceive, express, understand and manage emotions in a professional and effective manner in relationships at work.” While IQ, personality and behavioral tendencies are relatively static, Emotional Intelligence (EI or ‘EQ’) is a proven competency that can be developed and learned.



Personal Development

At the end of our day – be it a business day, a holiday, or a personal day, all relationships are personal.

Rare is the day that we have stress in the morning at home, and then go into work ready to perform at our best. And, how many of us have returned home after a tough day at the office and been Mr. or Ms. Wonderful with our families?



Outstanding Teams

Executive Coaching is the fastest growing development tool in the competitive arena of executive education.

Using our proprietary approach to Applied Emotional Intelligence. It is not for the faint hearted, it does deliver amazing results. ThirdLEVEL has improved the performance of executives and their teams around the world through proven and powerful listening and empowerment coaching techniques using applied Applied Emotional Intelligence.



Business Culture of Success

Businesses and organizations of all sizes must constantly adapt and change.

ThirdLEVEL has worked with companies as small as 6 people up to projects for major multinational organizations of thousands of people. When you seek a quantum leap in results, then Business Culture of Success from the inside out is the most profound and sustainable approach. Business Culture of Success starts with the recognition that something must change.




  • What makes a good transformation leader? It might not be what you think!

    I recently sent some of my clients a link to a recent Harvard Business Review article that poses this same...

  • Celebrating Differences – The True Essence of Diversity

    We hear so much these days about the divisions between us – all those things that keep us apart. Gender,...

  • Transformation, Innovation, Agile…Wisdom of the Ages

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here we are in the digital, AI, big-data, robotics world....

Third Level sends out occasional notes that are intended to add
great value to your life. If you're interested: