Today’s Tip — Remember to give credit where credit is due!
I learned long ago in my career that I was motivated by praise at least as much as by the all mighty dollar. On the (unfortunately) very rare occasion that a boss would praise my efforts, it would carry me for a long, long time! I kept that lesson close to my heart and made sure I used it with anyone I worked with. If they did a good job, by golly, they knew about it and knew about it right away, as did the rest of the team and the upper management. It paid me huge dividends in retaining great staff, building confidence in my staff members, and in developing a cohesive, hard-working team.
In my genealogy work, I keep the same mantra. If someone does something good, by Jove, I let them know! I let them know right away, I tell them how it impacted me, I tell them how much they are appreciated, and I tell anyone else who might be in their circle of influence.
Every one of us loves a pat on the back. Now I am not suggesting fake praise by any means. I have also had bosses that did that … and everyone knew they were doing nothing but blowing smoke certain places. What I am supporting is true praise for a job well done! For a well-written article. For finding a tidbit of information I had missed. For a great tree with documentation. For a terrific presentation (especially this one as I have wasted WAY too much time in terrible presentations in my career too). For helping out and perhaps going that extra mile. For not criticizing, but rather walking a mile in my moccasins before commenting.
Praise is free. Praise is heartfelt. Praise fills us up in a totally unique manner and fills our souls as only praise can do. We like, so I make sure to offer it to anyone who is deserving.
My goal, and I hope yours too, is to never watch a sunset and be thinking ‘oh, darn, I should have said thank you’.
Enjoy your Friday!
Onward To Our Past,