Do you like to go to the drive-in?
Perhaps the drive-in is on my mind since my kids have recently discovered it. My daughter, the night owl she is, particularly loves it, riding shotgun with her bro, wind whipping through their hair as the sun goes down and joy of summer dancing in the air.
I personally can’t see the draw. (Not that I was invited, truth be told.) I was never be made for drive-ins. I don’t have the stay up, just yawn through it, next day grin and bear it sleepness tolerance. I’d rather lay on the couch watching Netflix with my hubby Mark (I know so cliche) and in bed by 10. #thisis40
Sometimes we don’t even have the attention span, after a zany day, for an hour-long episode. We catch a few clips of Between Two Ferns or “Best Of” SNL skits before heading to the land of nod.
Confession time: it’s not just at home that I enjoy bite-sized content.
Sure, I can totally nerd it out on a long Harvard Biz Review article or case study of a recognition-rich organization. And, I also really appreciate the shorter form TED Talks, snippets of videos, blog posts, and executive summaries. I will gobble up quality thought leadership of any length.
I’m probably not the only one where sometimes, less is more. That’s why I’ve started sharing clips of my talks in bite-size pieces. It’s a luxury I have now that talks are all virtual keynotes; my videographer Stacey Koudys can catch some juicy nuggets on video while she’s running tech backup for me.
We’ve been putting them on my VIMEO channel, and since we know you’re busy, we’ve shared a few here:
Start the Recognition Show!
Save Your Thank You Notes: Check out this little snippet from “The FROG Effect” recognition keynote at the Nurses Week Resiliency ReBoot 2021, where I encouraged all healthcare professionals to keep their thank you notes, texts, and emails! You never know when you’ll need it to refill your resiliency cup!
People Never Forget How You Make Them Feel: We’ve all heard this expression – people may forget what you said or did, but they never forget how you make them feel (Maya Angelou). When was the last time you truly practiced this with such unwavering conviction and intention that the person felt at least 10x better, more confident, and happier due to how YOU showed up for them? If your answer isn’t “within the last 5 minutes,” you know what to do.
Practice Self-Compassion: You know when we can FLIP failure and unconditionally recognize ourselves and others? When we lean into compassion. I dive into a quick tip on how to gauge if you are able to be compassionate to others, or if you first have to start with being compassionate toward yourself.
Leadership Intermission is over…now back to the show!
Who in Your Life Could Use Some Praise?: I’m so thrilled to share this snippet of a leadership talk I delivered a few days ago for a rockstar client. It’s a call to action: recognize someone who REALLY needs appreciation right now.
Failure Makes Us Human: We benefit from unconditionally recognizing ourselves and others rather than judging, criticizing and measuring how much “not good enough” exists. There is always room for improvement. Despite how smart, hard-working and organized we are, we can still bump up against the other “f” word – failure. Experiencing a failure isn’t the same as “You Are A Failure,” and yet we often interpret it this way.
3 Ideas for Recognizing Others in a Virtual World: Are you wanting to find ways to connect and appreciate in a remote context? The problem is not slow wifi, or videos turned off, or people in sweatpants. The problem is that before the rise of remote workplaces, we did not have authentic recognition practices hardwired into the cultural fabric. What we know today is the need for clarity and conviction in leadership to make recognition practices strong, authentic, sustainable, and owned by all.
Grab the popcorn, put on the readers, and enjoy.
PS. Hey, would you like to catch more juicy nuggets from my virtual talks this past Spring? CLICK HERE to join VIMEO to view more and to ensure you don’t miss out on any future videos.