10 Principles of Recognition

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People won’t care about you if you don’t care about them.

Before you expect anything from other people, you must show them that you care about them.

The best way to show people you care is to listen to them.

If you don’t take the time to hear and acknowledge what someone has to say, they won’t believe that you care about them.

A great idea can come from anywhere.

Great ideas are essential to the success of any organization, but don’t assume that they come only from leaders — anyone can have a great idea.

Recognize great work and great ideas whenever and wherever you see them.

Great leaders celebrate other people’s ideas even more than their own, and do it in a way that is real and from the heart.

Make recognition a catalyst for results.

The reason you recognize someone must be directly tied to the important goals and objectives of your organization.

Make it fun.

Everyone will want to be involved in recognition if you create shared experiences that are fun for everyone — not just the one being recognized.

Make it personal.

When you give a reward, make it personal to you and the person you’re recognizing. Don’t just give out a generic certificate or plaque.

Recognition is universal.

Everyone loves to be recognized for who they are and what they do well.

Giving recognition is a privilege.

When exercised in the right way, giving recognition is a privilege that feeds people’s souls and makes them feel great about themselves.

Say “thank you” every chance you get.

The two most powerful words in the English language are “thank” and “you.” Use them often.