Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything we appreciate, both personally and professionally.
We interact with people on a regular basis. For many of us, our personal and professional success is contingent upon being able to collaborate with, influence, and inspire other to reach our collective goals. Since other people are vital to achieving our goals, it is important to take the time to appreciate the effort and production of our team. Leadership expert John Maxwell teaches one of the most important thing a leader can do is to add value to others. When we communicate with other people, we have the option to either help to raise them up or beat them down.
Take a moment to offer sincere thanks and praise to those who make a positive impact on our lives. Many times we don’t offer the sincere, powerful praise to others that they truly deserve. Some people don’t realize the powerful impact their actions and behaviors have on others. Offering proper praise is a great tool to validate behaviors and add value to others.
Below is a four-step process to offer sincere praise to others. I’ve used this technique many times and the responses are amazing.
- Use the individual’s name. This shows the praise is personal by directing it to the individual.
- Describe the specific behavior. Tell the person how you observed their actions
- Tell them the positive impact. Some people don’t realize how much their behaviors had a positive impact on others.
- Ask them to do it again.