In his landmark book Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman reports on a powerful finding: a one percent improvement in culture results in an average two percent improvement in revenue. And the most direct way to build that culture is through a focus on appreciation.

Now when I say “appreciation,” you might be picturing a manager saying “good job” to an employee. That’s a good thing, of course. But the research shows that regular appreciation among teammates and peers actually has more impact on building confidence than appreciation received from a manager.

If you feel that your company lacks an atmosphere of appreciation, the answer is NOT to complain about it. The answer is to help create that culture. Express appreciation to 20 people around you, not just for what they do, but for who they are. Watch the faces of people whose days are made by your simple act of kindness. In no time at all, you will find yourself on the receiving end. When you help to create a culture of appreciation, everybody wins.

Appreciation has to be felt and reinforced on a regular basis or confidence erodes over time. Creating celebrations and high-fives around accomplishments of critical drivers builds confidence AND keeps team members focused on the right things.

3 Responses to “Appreciation”

  1. You’ve got to be kidding me-it’s so transparently clear now!

  2. saya pelajar kolej yayasan pelajaran negeri johor sem1.saya telah memohon pinjaman ptptn.saya di letak kan dalam kelompok 2.bilakah pinjaman ptptn akan masuk kedalam akuan saya sedangkan saya sudah menamatkan sem 1?

  3. Per Moi“Miguel, perché parli di “intifada” ?”E’ il termine usato dai diretti interessati e permette di distinguere una grandiosa sommossa da una “rivoluzione” che cambia invece alla base la società.Per capirci, Tangentopoli è stata un’intifada, il Pacchetto Treu è stata una rivoluzione.

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