June 29, 2010

Sincere, Positive Recognition - Pass it On!

"You better appreciate the people that are important to you before someone else does." Lou Holtz

In conversations with business owners, CEOs and managers in organizations both large and small, one of their top five "common headaches" usually relates to finding, keeping, nurturing and retaining qualified and self-motivated people.

With that headache facing them, it is also interesting how many of these same leaders do not regard targeted praise and recognition as a critical coaching tool. Reasons for not giving praise or recognition include:

- Takes too much time.
- Takes too much effort.
- If you do it all the time, it loses its meaning.
- I don’t want to be accused of playing favorites.
- The employee could use this to their advantage at review time.

...and the list of excuses goes on.
Many basic, as well as advanced, leadership training programs highlight the power of positive recognition, both formal and informal, in the workplace. Unfortunately, the implementation is often left at the classroom door due to the type of barriers mentioned above.

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