How Do I Provide Meaningful Recognition?

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:

  1. 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.).
  2. Write down the names of the people in each group.
  3. Post your list in a place you can't miss seeing regularly.
  4. 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?”
  5. 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.
  6. Don’t do anything that takes up too much time. This process needs to be time-efficient or you won’t stick with it.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?

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