Ever wondered why thousands of people show up to watch people run a marathon? The runners will tell you that they don’t think they would have made it through if it wasn’t for all those people cheering them on.
Don’t you think it’s interesting how much we, as people, thrive on positivity and encouragement? We want to- we need to- know that we are doing a good job.
Sometimes, in the midst of everything else we are trying to do, we don’t make time to comment on the great work we see being done around us. Mary Wroblewski from Demand Media, has eight easy steps on how to inspire performance, in her article “How to Reinforce Behavior in Business”.
One of things Mary suggests to do is praise sooner rather than later- but also to keep praise sacred by only praising for times that really merit it. Think about the marathon runners again. There are people cheering them on the whole way (sooner rather than later). But – family members or friends of the runners place themselves at key miles during the race to give the runners the extra boost of confidence they need (keeping praise to times that really deserve it).
Your direct reports are running a marathon with you.
So, what specific task or accomplishment can you encourage someone on today?