Editor’s note: This column is part of a series for The American Lawyer called The Fully Human Lawyer™. Written by leadership coach and former attorney Lauren Krasnow, the series explores challenges lawyers often encounter at work and shows how a leadership coach approaches and helps lawyers solve these challenges. All identities have been altered to maintain confidentiality. 

Have you ever tried to express your appreciation to someone, but been frustrated when it seemed to land on deaf ears? Or have you ever felt disappointed that your own actions haven’t been met with the show of gratitude that you expected?