Practice the Art of Edification … Often
Want to really make someone’s day?
Try giving the gift of edification.
Thanks, appreciation and recognition are great and wonderful when someone hears the words directly from the boss or a leader that they respect, but having that same thing said while in the company of others, takes the process to a whole new level. It’s truly a powerful way of building up a colleague’s self esteem and self worth.
Try it. Prepare for it. Some steps to consider:
Think about the words and message you’d like to convey.
Tell a quick story to support the accolades you’re sharing.
Be very specific about the behaviors that support your words of thanks or recognition.
Use positive and emotive body language.
Be authentic and real.
Edify others … Do it often … Set the example … It’s a triple win: You feel good, your team mate receiving the thanks or recognition feels great, and all who observe the edification definitely experience something positive and meaningful.
How often do you do it?
Write down two or three opportunities to practice edification this week. Seek to make it a regular practice … better yet, a habit.
Best to you!
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