Please Show Me, Don’t Tell Me, How To Recognize

Sometimes senior leaders think all they have to do is tell their leaders to go out there and say, “thank you,” more often, and that’s all you have to do to improve recognition. 

The key to learning to give real recognition the right way wherever you work is to not rely on telling people to give more recognition. 

Like writing fiction stories, show, don’t tell, is probably the best advice for increasing recognition moments by managers. 

How can you educate everyone to do more showing of recognition giving versus telling them?

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How To Give Recognition with More Enthusiasm

Give recognition that is special.

When you give recognition to someone, more often than not, it is a total surprise. Give it in a meaningful and effective way. Giving Rrecognition should be exciting. 

People from around the world with completely different occupations desire to feel appreciated for who they are and recognized for what they do. 

So, how do you show genuine enthusiasm whenever you’re giving praise and recognition to others? 

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How to Effectively Emote When People Are Remote

In the ever-evolving nature of the modern workplace, you can have far less face-to-face encounters with your staff and peers than you would like to. This makes giving personal and meaningful recognition a little more challenging.

Employee recognition is a felt phenomenon to begin with, so it must be given with feeling.

I was recently asked how could we emote better in our dialogue and written feedback with people?

I will examine these two areas of verbal and written communication and share my recommendations. (more…)

How To Say Thank You Like You Really Mean It

Ever receive a compliment from someone, or they say thank you to you, and you start questioning how sincere they really are with what they said?

While you might not be right all the time it seems science has picked up on this intuitive ability we have.

Karyn Fish, from McGill University, and her colleagues, outline in their “The sound of (in)sincerity” research, how we have a pretty good ear for identifying genuine praise and recognition. (more…)

Master These 5 Behaviors for Great Recognition

In my work to help people give real recognition wherever they work, I’ve been able to conduct research on the essential behaviors effective managers do well in giving employees authentic recognition.

I identified a total of 40 behaviors observed in people recognizing one another. These were grouped into 5 categories or domains to help us focus people more clearly on the different types of behaviors.

Then we solicited experts in the field of employee recognition to rank these behaviors by how important they were and the level of positive impact they had and how frequently effective recognizers used them.

What I want to do for you today is give you just the top 5 behaviors that if you will implement and improve upon will make you a better recognizer of those around you.

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How To Make Your Recognition Sound Super Good

Does your recognition sound hollow? Has anyone shared how your recognition doesn’t come across as meaningful to people?

Maybe you need to pay more attention to your voice.

How you sound when speaking to people can affect their perception of you. Your tone of voice can also influence how they interpret what you say. (more…)