The Power of Praise

WRITTEN July 13, 2017 Author: Rich Atkins

Praise is an extremely powerful motivator. With it, people feel good about themselves. Subsequently, they perform better. Don’t underestimate the power of praise.

 

 

THINK ABOUT IT 

 

  • Why do we rarely praise others?

  • What does criticizing another person do in the short term? In the long-term?
  • Does criticism motivate others?
  • Do you save keepsakes of success (trophies, certificates, letters, etc.)?

 

FACTS ABOUT PRAISE

 

  1. People crave praise and recognition.

  2. People continue behaviors for which they receive positive reinforcement.
  3. Well-deserved praise motivates better employee performance.
  4. Praise creates a pleasant work environment, and encourages employees to stay with their current employer.
  5. Public recognition of accomplishments boosts the person’s self-esteem and allows others to appreciate the praiseworthy act as well.

 

FACTS ABOUT CRITICISM/LACK OF PRAISE

 

  1. It’s easy to dish out criticism.

  2. People find it difficult to give compliments, recognition, and praise.
  3. Criticizing others is counterproductive – it extinguishes the fire of ambition.
  4. A leader’s failure to praise causes staff to adopt a negative attitude. Then, employees do only enough to get by.
  5. When praise is given too frequently, and for inconsequential accomplishments, it becomes meaningless.

 

FORMULA FOR PRAISE

 

Praise must be:

  • SINCERE (genuine, honest, truthful, earnest, straight, heartfelt, frank, open)
    All praise should be genuine. Half-hearted or insincere praise can do more damage than none at all.
  • QUALITY-FOCUSED
    People spend their whole lives working toward achieving character traits. Praising them for these traits will validate their hard work.
  • SPECIFIC
    “You’re a good manager.” OR “You balanced all employees’ schedules so that all positions were covered. Your efficiency is admirable.
    “You run a good meeting.” “You ran today’s meeting at a brisk pace and kept everyone’s interest.”

     

  • BASED ON EVIDENCE
    Without evidence, praise is hollow. Saying to someone, “You’re a hard worker,” is kind and polite, but is weak when compared to telling that person HOW s/he is a hard worker. What does that person do that makes her/him a good friend?

 

 


This information is from a customized training for a client, and is related to material in the Power of Praise training session.

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Other Resources:

In Praise of Praise – Forbes.com

How to Give Praise in the Workplace, According to an Austin CEO – BizJournals.com

Leadership Training Video – Performance Matters: Praise

The 9 Elements of Highly Effective Employee Praise

 

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