FROG Fridays – Bringing Recognition Home to Families

By Sarah McVanel, Chief Recognition Officer, Greatness Magnified

Do you know one of the best things that happens as a result of doing organization-wide recognition training? F.R.O.G.Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness™ – makes it’s way home. (Forgive the formality of our TM…it makes our trademark lawyers happy…)

One of the best compliments I receive after a keynote, training, or breakout session is when people share the creative and innovative ways they have used it to enrich the lives of those they love. When folks bring it home, nine times out of ten, the first place they take it is the dinner table the same night.

A Dinner Table Activity With Kids

Take this yummy message, for example:

image of a child wearing an old navy sweatshirt holding a blue and black stuffed FROG“Just have to share that I “FROGed” everyone at the dinner table today, and they reciprocated once I explained what I had learned. My 9-year-old son then plopped this little guy on the table and proclaimed today FROG Wednesday, and our weekly ritual was born. He mentioned that FROG Friday would be a better name and that we could all use a little reminder of our greatness mid-week to carry us through the rest of it. I just thought you might also like to hear some gratitude today, and knowing what you’ve taught us today resonates with me. Thanks again! :)”

Is there anything better than this? We learn about the impact at work, and it becomes so clear we need more of it everywhere – our workplace, community space, our homebase.

Kids love FROG. Kids thrive with recognition!

I love hearing from childcare centers when they bring it to the kids as part of their programming. Sometimes, a concentric circle and a continuous FROG feedback loop take shape. What do I mean by this?

image of a boy being honoured by his class as the FROG member of the monthA cool lady in one of my virtual sessions during COVID shared the concept of FROG with her family, and they decided to FROG the educators of her son as a family. Lo and behold, FROG became a theme at school and the childcare center. In fact, the mom’s son, who started this appreciation loop, starred in a social media post from educators (see the picture here that I have permission to share). The specific words of acknowledgement for this cool kid were so touching! I bet you want to meet this awesome young human, right? Doesn’t reading this make you smile?

Imagine if a childcare center or school FROGed a child like this (with permission), and it showed up in your IG feed. Wouldn’t that be a nice break from the sponsored ad posts and brags, huh?

If you’ve ever been in one of my audiences, training sessions, or breakouts, you might think we focus on recognition at work as our core focus. But if you haven’t already considered how you could leverage FROG at home or other places with your kiddos, now is the perfect time to consider that.

image of 4 frogs painted on clear plaques standing on easels on a tableIn fact, my grown kids keep their thank yous around, as it’s just become a way of life. Don’t you want your family to have recognition, a visual and verbal reminder of their daily greatness?

You can start your own FROG program today, here are some ideas to get you going:

Disclaimer/Humble Brag Moment: 100% of this content was human-generated (by us folks here at Greatness Magnified). We are committed to authorship integrity and will inform you what percent, if any, is AI-generated.

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

– Mother Teresa

Deb Rakonjac

Organizational Development, Purolator Inc.

"Sarah nailed it!  She worked with the planning group to learn about the organization, the audience, the desired key messages and integrated it seamlessly into her keynote. Her energy was contagious! We received rave reviews of this portion of our event and Sarah was able to speak to all members of our organization in a way that motivated them to recognize others everyday. Our executives were extraordinarily pleased and integrated FROGging into their recent board meeting. Purolator is grateful to Sarah for dropping the pebble and we continue to see the ripples from this session across the organization. Working with Tami was phenomenal and the supports were easy to integrate to ensure the session went well. Thanks to you both!!"
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President & CEO, Swiftco Inc.

"I have had the Sarah experience in numerous settings: As a keynote, around a table with several other business owners, one on one over coffee, chatting with others at a conference reception, dining with a small group of colleagues. No matter the setting you always get the same Sarah: engaging, attentive, interested, inspiring, motivational, genuine. And always with an infectious smile. Do yourself, your company, your association a favour. Get the Greatness Magnified (Sarah) experience. The payback is priceless."
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Director, Marketing and Special Events, Encana Events Centre

"Funny, full of energy and incredibly motivating – all words to use when describing Sarah and her passionate stage presence. We were fortunate to have Sarah join us as a speaker for Spark Women’s Leadership Conferences and her presentations about leveraging greatness hit the core of our objective at SPARK: “A rising tide lifts all boats”. I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah to other organizations that are searching for a well-prepared, well-organized, thoughtful and passionate storyteller."
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Learning & Development Manager, Libro Credit Union

"Sarah brought so much energy and enthusiasm to our International Women’s Day event at Libro! Her message was uplifting, thought-provoking and truly appreciated by our team. Dealing with Sarah was wonderful – she was open, professional and willing to work with us to customize her message to incorporate our culture and connect to our topic and participants. During the session, she was a pro with a powerful message and a fantastic delivery. We had wonderful feedback from all that attended and can’t wait to have Sarah back for another session in the future!"
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Executive Director, Community Living Hamilton

"THANK YOU so very much for leading the engagement activities today! You’re a constant professional, with an amazing attitude and always seeing the great in everyone. I am grateful for how you have helped us this year to transform our in-person staff recognition events into virtual and on-location events. Our staff feel more inspired, appreciated and motivated after they hear you speak, and I know our amazing in-house team here looks forward to designing engaging appreciation events with your support."
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Manager of Professional Development

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

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Director, The Center for People in Organizational Development, Sheridan College

"Smart, challenging, innovative, committed, dependable, and reliable, I highly recommend her for all your recognition needs. I have brought Sarah into my last two organizations to help build a culture of recognition and celebration. The focus on appreciation is more important now than ever."

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