Do we praise enough? Do we overlook or shy away from opportunities where a well-deserved encouraging word would go a long way? If we do, perhaps one reason is uncertainty as to when and how best (and, conversely, how not) to deliver workplace praise.
Here to help, with a simple and elegant primer How do I praise thee? is one of my favorite bloggers, Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership. Below is an excerpt; please click through to read the post in its entirety.
How do I praise thee? Let me count the ways.
I praise thee soon. Prompt praise is good. Stale praise is not so good.
I praise thee sincerely. Mean what you say, otherwise it's manipulation and very transparent.
I praise thee according to thy preferences. Not everyone likes to be praised in public, but everyone likes to be praised.
And if you're a boss at any level and of any type, don't miss this chance to add Wally's blog to your reading list.
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