Choose an award that fits the employee.
We once met with a company that was considering taking system-wide a seemingly successful sales-performance program they had launched in one division. The winner of the sales contest had been presented with a wonderful trip to an exotic locale. In the course of our work with the firm, we
“I’m terrified of flying,” he replied.
A lot of the time, you can avoid problems like this through frequent department
“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be
rememberednot for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”
—John F.Kennedy, former president of the United States
It’s been said that we should plan our lives in reverse. What we mean is, we should think about what we would want people to say at our funerals and then work on getting there.
With that perspective, you might want to change a few things about how you treat the people around you. Take care to look for the good in people and recognize and reward it. Does that mean you never give
Begin today to make time for the important conversations—those that lift, reward and motivate the people around you.
Say it with flowers (a roomful).
Want to say congratulations in a spectacular way? Send 100 roses home or to the office to celebrate a promotion or exceptional job. It may sound corny, but we’ve done it and the reaction is SPECTACULAR! It looks great, feels great and smells great—the trifecta of recognition.
There are several online flower
Relaxing with a bucket of balls.
Nothing releases stress like
Of course, you don’t want to do it too often or they’ll make their home on the range. Okay, okay We know. That was
Make an appointment with yourself.
On Monday, write in your day planner that you will
“In the most innovative companies, there is a significantly higher volume of thank-yous than in companies of low innovation.”
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School
“We’ve found the missing link … to innovation! (And, since you’re reading this book, so have you.)
No surprise here—it’s recognition. And it just makes sense, really. People are like wells. When they give and give and give their best ideas, and get little or nothing in return, they run dry. Recognition refreshes an employee’s spirit of innovation and fills them with the
Don’t want to end up a dinosaur in your industry? The key is recognition.
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