There is no complicated secret to working well with others. You just have to learn to appreciate them!
How do you appreciate them? It’s simple. First, you practice recognizing someone’s value and contribution. Then, you make a habit of telling them, “Thank you.”
Here are four practical ways to show appreciation for others:
Recognize individuals by name. When you thank the people in your life who are making a difference, don’t just say, “You all are doing a great job. Thanks!” Get specific and called each one by name.
Recognize specific work. People feel appreciated when you point out the details of their work. Simply telling them they did a good job isn’t enough. It’s better to say, “I’m proud of you for doing this specific thing.” Details matter!
Recognize great attitude. It’s hard not to notice great attitudes in a world filled with bad attitudes. Have you thought of how your attitude towards work influences the people around you? When you call attention to the passion and enthusiasm of others, it renews their energy and sparks new energy in others. You’ll end up having more people helping you.
Recognize extra effort. Many people in my life have gone above and beyond. They did the extra work and they do their jobs well. And it’s given me great joy to point out their contributions and tell them how much they are appreciated. Sometimes it’s a conversation. Other times it’s a card or a note. But it’s become a habit to notice the efforts and attitudes of others, recognize their perseverance, and encourage them to keep going. So, think back in your life, who goes the extra miles? Maybe it’s someone in your family or at work. Make plans to thank them this week for being an “extra mile” person.
It takes practice to live with an attitude of gratitude and a spirit of appreciation. And it is one of the keys to good leadership, so start practicing today!