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Never knowing what you’re great at…

We assume that someone who’s great at something knows why they are great at that thing. As a result, we don’t ever tell them.

What’s more likely to be true is that they can’t see themselves like you see them. That you can see that greatness, but they can’t. It’s obvious. But only to you.

Worst case scenario: that person goes through their career never really knowing what they’re truly great at and they live each day believing they aren’t enough.

As leaders we must get into the habit of giving people specific recognition for what they are truly great at. Making sure they know that what they bring is enough.

Pick one person today and go tell them what they’re great at, and why.

They deserve to know.

PS This works ‘up’ the way, too.

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Stoic leadership: How to respond and deal with recognition and praise

  1. It’s nice to receive recognition and praise, but it’s not why you do the work.
  2. You do not rely on recognition to motivate you to do your best work.
  3. Does an emerald look worse because no one recognises its beauty? No. So even if no one ever recognises your work, you do your best regardless.
  4. You never let it go to your head. You receive it with thanks, but you turn back to the work immediately. There’s always learning to do. There’s always growth. You don’t let it puff you up.
  5. Return to modesty, humbleness, and always be ready to learn from others.
  6. Don’t forget, everyone is better than you at something.
  7. Get your head into a space where you simply do not need or look for recognition.
  8. Be so busy giving others recognition that you don’t need it for yourself.
  9. Celebrate other people’s wins and successes as if it were your own
  10. Be happy that other people are receiving recognition and credit for your ideas.
  11. You don’t keep score.
  12. What matters the most is that you do the right thing…

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