Recognition Reminder

Kevin King —  September 25, 2015 — 1 Comment

04iconMy biggest weakness as a manager is giving recognition. As someone whose greatest strength is innovation and future thinking, I am horrible at celebrating the most recent achievements of my teammates. This is why when I read articles that highlight what employees complain most about their leaders, it does not shock me that recognition is mentioned most often. Recently I have turned to creating a digital reminder (app of choice is Wunderlist) to help me remember to recognize every day. Not only does it encourage me to take a few minutes every day to thank people for contributing to the team, it forces me explore what each staff member is doing for the library. I am often learning about new projects, innovations and great customer service deeds because I am taking the time to seek out people to recognize.

In a recent Harvard Business Review blog post titled, “The Top Complaints from Employees About Their Leaders,” author Lou Solomon lists some great ways to recognize your team members. It is a amazing resource to use in addition to being intentional about recognizing on a daily basis.

Kevin King


Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. Previously Kevin led Teen Services at KPL, where he helped build a nationally recognized program. Kevin has presented all over the country on many topics including teen services, innovation, graphic novels, and programming. As a member of ALA, YALSA, PLA and the Michigan Library Association, Kevin has served on various committees and has luckily won a couple of awards. In his spare time Kevin obsesses over the Detroit Tigers, listens to music and does his best to be a kick ass dad to Abigail and Rachael.

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