I wanted to take the opportunity today to thank everyone who has read, shared or commented on my blog over the past few months.

This has led to my blog being recognised as One of the Top 50 Leadership Blogs to watch in 2013, and as one of the Top 30 Hidden Gems of Leadership blogs.

As one of the recurring themes of my blog is recognition, and the impact that recognition can have on our teams, I wanted to share how I feel about this recognition and it’s impact on me.

I truly appreciate every like, share, comment and recognition award that I receive, it gives me the positive feedback that people appreciate what I am doing, that I am on the right track, and that I should continue with my efforts and even think about redoubling them.

This is the power of recognition: it rewards us; it boosts our self esteem; it increases morale, it motivates us; it inspires us; and the best thing of all it costs nothing, absolutely nothing.

In terms of return on investment, the impact of a simple ‘thank you’,  ‘well done’ or ‘good job’ is immeasurable.

Given all that, what surprises me is how often recognition is withheld, or how reluctant some people are to give even such small pieces recognition.

I often hear the comment, you praise people too much, especially from people who are reluctant themselves to give recognition, but I never ever hear from the people recognised.

Sure sometimes they say “oh it’s nothing” or “no need to thank me”, but in reality they themselves are saying thank you for the recognition, they appreciated it and felt really good about receiving it.

So as a recent recipient of recognition,  I would really like to say thank you to everyone who contributed and to encourage everyone to increase the amount of recognition that they give to others.

Thank you