I can see the impact that praise has on motivating the runners as I sit and watch the London Marathon and listen to those who are taking part.
People frequently tell me that for recognition to be appreciated and to be effective, it must be sincere and the accomplishments must be deserving of it.
However, looking at the Marathon, much of the recognition from the crowd comes before the achievement of the goal. They cheer on runners they do not even know, and these runners smile and wave back showing their appreciation of the recognition.
Recognition motivates us towards our goal, it costs nothing, and yet has tremendous benefits.
Certainly, this is right in line with my experience. I have never yet worked with anyone who didn’t appreciate recognition, for sure people have said “oh it’s nothing”, but in reality, they appreciated it.
We all want to know that our efforts are seen, that they are appreciated, it’s human nature.
As the saying goes, “recognise the actions you want to see repeated”.
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