That which is rewarded is repeated. What are you rewarding with your words or actions? And how? A good compliment can motivate some folks for months. For others, a thoughtful gift or act of service to show gratitude can make a meaningful impression. Identify others’ love languages* to understand how to customize your appreciation for maximum impact, then don’t withhold your blessing. Little moments can make a big difference; indeed, showing gratitude is one of the least expensive ways to motivate teammates (Note: For most people, affirmations should outweigh criticisms ten to one.).
“You can buy a person’s hand, but you can’t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is. You can buy his back, but you can’t buy his brain. That’s where his creativity is, his ingenuity, his resourcefulness.”
- Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
*See Dr. Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages