Harvard Business Online has a coach named Marshall Goldsmith who has written or co-edited 22 books. In answer to the question:
How Do I Provide Meaningful Recognition?
Marshall references the following:
- List the names of the key groups of people that impact your life — both at work and at home (customers, co-workers, friends, family members, etc.).
- Write down the names of the people in each group.
- Post your list in a place you can’t miss seeing regularly.
- Twice a week — once on Wednesday, once on Friday — review the list and ask yourself, “Did anyone on this list do something that I should recognize?”
- If someone did, stop by to say “thank you,” make a quick phone call, leave a voice mail, send an email, or jot down a note.
- Don’t do anything that takes up too much time. This process needs to be time-efficient or you won’t stick with it.
- If no one on the list did anything that you believe should be recognized, don’t say anything. You don’t want to be a hypocrite or a phony. No recognition is better than recognition that you don’t really mean.
- Stick with the process. You won’t see much impact in a week – but you will see a huge difference in a year.
Read the entire Harvard Business Online post: How Do I Provide Meaningful Recognition?