Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Send This To Your Leaders Today or Tomorrow to Encourage Them to Recognize People

Below is a sample e-mail memo that you could send to your LEADERS during these last crunch days. You don’t have to use these particular words… but maybe they trigger thoughts that would be perfect for the leaders in your firm.

Surveys tell us that people crave feedback, recognition, encouragement – perhaps the leaders in your firm can send the team some “love.”

Here’s the sample wording:

For most of our team members, this is the peak time for productivity. It’s been going on for a few months and they (like most of you) are growing weary. Now is the time they NEED positive support and encouragement.

As John Maxwell says: “Too many leaders expect their people to encourage themselves. But most people require outside encouragement to propel them forward, it is vital to their growth and helps them reach their potential.

Praise a person every time you see improvement and personalize your encouragement anytime you can. Remember what motivates one person may leave another person cold. Find out what works with each team member and use it.

UCLA Coach John Wooden told players who scored to give a smile, wink or nod to the player who gave them a good pass. “What if he’s not looking?” asked a team member. Wooden replied, “I guarantee he’ll look.” Everyone values encouragement and looks for it.”

During the next few days (and longer) – be sure to look for opportunities to give encouragement. And, just in case you are bummed-out, remember. Silence is golden.

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(or in our world – “How do I love thee? Let me check my Excel sheet and count the number of returns you have prepared/reviewed this year.”)

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