I crave praise at my job. When a colleague or peer acknowledges my good work, I want to do even better for the group or organization. This idea that people excel when given proper praise for succeeding is not a new discovery. Great leaders have discovered that a healthy dose of praise equals productivity and happiness at work. I have also discovered that if I am consistent in my praise, it makes it easier to assist an employee during rough times. So why do I find it so hard to remember to dish out praise? This has been a leadership weakness of mine for years. I have tried many different methods to try and remember to sing about the successes of my staff with varied results. After climbing a mountain of failed attempts, I have turned to the Oracle of Jobs for help. I use the Reminders app on the iPhone and iPad to nudge me that the staff needs to be held up. Each week I set my electronic devices to remind me to send a Thank You note or an email to a direct report praising them for contributing to the betterment of the library. Another benefit of using the app is that you will have a compiled list of the individuals receiving the gesture. This small action can not only change the course of someone’s day, but also spread throughout your library so everyone benefits.
If one man praises you, a thousand will repeat the praise. – Japanese Proverb