Encouragement has the power to inspire your team to face challenges head on, the willingness to find intrinsic value in overcoming, and the hope that our ability to truly thrive is only found in struggle.

As leaders, we are all up against some tough circumstances.  It may seem that rather than being a professional in the Human Resources field, you are a professional “fireman”… putting out fires wherever you go, and wherever you go, putting out fires.  This leaves very little room for strategic and innovative action.  But, maybe we can change that – by building a culture of encouragement.

Far too often, we see a lot of things wrong, and seek to “fix it”.  But this approach can cause resentment and a pessimistic “there’s nothing I can do” attitude.  A far more profitable approach is in increasing your recognition, acknowledgment and acts of appreciation.

So, instead of saving the forest by putting out fires, you can go about the task of planting trees.  I ask each of my corporate clients to commit to the following:

For the next two weeks, how about deliberately building a culture of acknowledgement?   Let your people know that what they do is being seen and appreciated.  Show them that you seek to reward productivity.  When possible, recognize your team in front of people….  Go out of your way to recognize them in front of their families when possible..  (A simple phone call on their day off will suffice!)


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