Showing posts with label praise. Show all posts
Showing posts with label praise. Show all posts

Friday, March 23, 2012


When was the last time you praised someone? If you have to think to answer this question, then you are not doing enough. People are extremely praise-deprived. They long for praise from anyone all the time. We never seem to get enough praise.
This article explores what stops us from praising others and provides a number of techniques that act as a reminder to praise others and therefore systematically improve their performances. These techniques are ideal for those in management roles who can significantly benefit from the positive effects of praise both for themselves and for their organisations.
What Are We Afraid of?
There are many reasons why people or managers feel there is no point to praise. Here are some of the common reasons:
• The employees don’t deserve it
• I will look silly if I praise them
• The task is too simple to be praised on
• If I praise them, they would think I am soft
• If I praise one, I have to praise everyone
• I didn’t get any praise and look where I am now. Why should I praise them?
These ideas are self-destructive as they ignore the enormous benefits of praise both on the person who is praised and the person who is praising. Many of these fears are unfounded. Everyone deserves to be praised, no matter how small their contribution. Praise is always a more powerful motivator than punishment. The person who praises is always liked because people are so eager to receive it.
Research shows that people who think praising takes something away from them may suffer from lack of self-esteem. Praising people will make them become warmer towards you which in turn will boost your self-esteem

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