We have also been taught not to praise. Maybe it’s supposed to spoil people or something. Regardless, we don’t do it enough.
Praise, done well, is powerful. It feels good to give and get. It counters the negativity that can dominate our days. And it is a superb way to teach and lead.
Just catch someone doing something right. As soon as possible after they’ve done that something, tell them specifically what they did, why what they did matters, and what helpful trait they demonstrated. Tone is important, of course. To get it right, simply be appreciative.
If you are ever unsure about giving praise, imagine how you’d react if people regularly caught you doing the right thing and telling you honestly how well you had done.
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