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    I have a huge number of people to thank who recently went above and beyond on a major project. How can I do this in a meaningful way? Just the fact you’re asking this question shows that you know the power of affirmations! People will work that much harder for you in the future by recognizing you their great work of today. Here are a few ideas: If these are your staff that work for you, write each of them a hand-written than-you note. A recent analysis of hundreds of satisfactions surveys showed over 85% of people wanted to receive this type of affirmation. It only takes a minute and a few dollars. Worth every second and every penny! If you need to recognize another team outside of your group, have members of the team sign a poster for them to put in their work area. Encourage people to also jot notes of why they were so impressed. Personally deliver the notes to people or posters to groups if you can. It may take a little longer, but the surprised smiles will confirm they were willing to wait! In the last post you suggested writing hand-written notes to everyone. I don’t know what I would say on some cards, they’re such complainers! My good friend Brenda Zalter-Minden says, “a complaint is a poorly worded request”. It’s so true! Consider the complaint to be a source of their greatness misdirected. If she complains that another department has it easier than they do, recognize her justice and fairness orientation! If he is the first one to say why something won’t work, he may be your best problem solver! If she talks loudly and over other people, she’s enthusiastic! I am not suggesting you should accept bad behaviour. To the contrary, they need feedback on the impact their behaviour has on others. And, they should be recognized for their potential. When they feel understood and valued, they are more likely to course correct that misdirected behaviour into a healthy direction.
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Humanizing The Workplace

In today’s fast-paced work world, we sometimes forget the basics – that our talent are our greatest competitive resource, that staff most want to be communicated with by their direct supervisor, and that small gestures such as a hand-written note yield huge dividends. Every one of us can help foster a culture of positivity and humanity in our workplace, regardless of what our role is!

Picture yourself one year from now, happy and satisfied in your workplace. What would have been the most important elements to get there?

Leveraging Collective Greatness

When we are able to bring our best selves to work everyday, the exponential power of that greatness becomes a huge competitive advantage, not to mention a great place to work! Collective greatness is about seeing and honouring each other’s strengths, finding ways for people to direct their talents, passions and virtues to make meaningful contributions everyday.

If you were to try one thing tomorrow to help harness the greatness of the group you belong to, what might it be?

Being Your Best Self

How well we know our talents, passions and virtues has a significant impact on how well we are able to utilize and honour them. The extent to which we bring them into the workplace everyday has a significant impact on the quality and quantity of our contributions as well as our satisfaction. Good news is, it’s within our control! Reflect, reconnect and learn about when you are at your best, then honour it everyday. Embrace the fact that to do this, you may have to make choices.

From your wisest place, what advice would you give yourself right now about being your best self?

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Ask Sarah

I have a huge number of people to thank who recently went above and beyond on a major project. How can I do this in a meaningful way?

Just the fact you’re asking this question shows that you know the power of affirmations! People will work that much harder for you... Read More

In the last post you suggested writing hand-written notes to everyone. I don’t know what I would say on some cards, they’re such complainers!

My good friend Brenda Zalter-Minden says, “a complaint is a poorly worded request”. It’s so true! Consider the complaint... Read More