Simple Ways To Inspire People to Succeed at Work

It may be natural to recognize a person after they have done something extraordinary. But what about motivating someone before they begin a task?

That’s when a little inspiration might help. 

The word inspiration comes from “inspire”, the Latin roots which means to inflame or to blow in to. This is like blowing air over a low flame to make it grow and glow brighter. 

How do you replicate that with the people you work with? 

What does blowing inspiring air over a low flame of an idea look like in the workplace? 

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Overcome Cultural Differences With The Right Recognition Training

I often get asked about dealing with recognition in different countries and my experience with teaching people how to get recognition right. 

So, what about cultural differences? Do you have to teach distinct behaviors to people from each country? 

My observations may surprise you. 

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Keep In Mind Where People Work To Give The Best Recognition

It is totally amazing the different job roles that exist in our world.

As I interview leaders and employees to learn more about their work, I reflect on positions I never knew existed before. Learning about these skills, trades, and professions makes me realize how sheltered our worldview can be. 

Recognition practices and programs should look very different according to where people work. 

Let’s look at the following job situations. 

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Refine Your Facilitated Recognition Strategy With Tender Loving Care

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You’ve had an elite group of managers and leaders available to you to facilitate and help craft a recognition strategy and plan. 

You randomly assigned this diverse and representative group to table groups or virtual teams to work on the recognition plan. You designated these seasoned and well-informed people to specific focus areas to create goals and action plans. There may, or may not be, experts on a team that know the subject of their focus area.

The result of a recognition strategy facilitation is having well-articulated statements of purpose and philosophy around recognition. Collectively everyone agrees on the overall, big-picture goal for the next year to help steer recognition activities. Even the focus areas for improving recognition are consistent with the prior gap analysis conducted.

You assigned each team a focus area that is most likely not in their expertise or specialty. Their skill sets are probably outside the domain you charged them with working on. As managers and leaders, they generated superb ideas and insights on the topic. 

If there is anywhere where a problem might occur, it is with the goals, action plans, and outcome measures. 

How do you refine these amazing ideas without offending the originators? What steps do you take to refine what you facilitated from them in the strategy session? How can you stay true to the process and honor the first contributors?

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Give Your Shy, Reserved, Senior Leaders All The Support You Can Give

Did you know that over a third to a half of the general population are introverts? 

That means one or two out of every three people that you know are probably soft-spoken, reclusive, and shy individuals.

Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, says that shyness is about the fear of social judgment. She defines introversion as how you respond to stimulation. Introverts prefer quieter environments.

And now you report to an introverted senior leader. How can you support them with giving meaningful recognition to staff?

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A Thank You Note That Generated The Biggest Raisin Cookies Ever

It is amazing when you look back at life. You can see root beginnings of getting into the professional field you ended up in.

Where did this interest in employee recognition begin for me? I often thought it was because of my experience in healthcare and seeing the poor effect of non-specific feedback with patients. 

Maybe it had its beginnings even further back. 

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Do You Know How Much Great Recognition Means to Staff?

Research is a fascinating thing to do.

It allows you to ask the questions you are curious about. You also get to ask those questions of people in the real world and find out answers. And you can even go further, if you really want to. You can compare your findings with other groups of people and see if there are any correlations. 

I love to ask questions about employee recognition. 

So, I ask you, do you know how much great recognition means to people?

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