Hello my friends!

So far we talked about DESIRE, GOALS, PLANNING, BELIEVING IN YOURSELF STRIVING FOR MORE and THE BIGGER PICTURE. Today we are going to focus on giving compliments.

7th ingredient: COMPLIMENTS

There are two fundamental questions that need to be thought about:
When you make a mistake, is it always pointed out to you?
When you excel in something are you always praised for it?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the second question, then you are fortunate to be in the minority. Unfortunately for most people in business, this isn’t the case. Management and colleagues or very quick to find flaws in other people, but are reluctant to give compliments on a job well done. Pointing out mistakes to a person when it is justified will make them feel bad, but at the same time will assist them in improving. However, not praising someone for doing an excellent job is not only unfair, but it is demoralising for the person. This could lead to a reduction in enthusiasm and work output. It could even be a reason for them to leave.

Compliments … a scientific fact!

There is scientific evidence that supports the theory that paying someone a compliment works as a stimulant to help them absorb information more easily.
This works on a sub conscious level, and most often when the person is sleeping.

With this in mind, it could be a powerful tool to assist in training people to the required standard in a shorter time frame.

Gifting a compliment!

You should rarely give a compliment when not deserved. False compliments can have a negative effect, as they devalue its use.

When you give someone genuine praise for a job well done, their brain reacts positively in the same way as it would if a cash reward had been given.
This not only makes them feel appreciated and gives them the incentive to try harder, it also builds their confidence in their own ability.
This is an economically viable process to put in place as it costs nothing at all to give out a compliment. All that is required is a change in attitude towards others, and the way we work.

Give credit where credit is due!

Always pay attention to the good qualities of other people and the achievements they make. Make them feel good about themselves, giving them the incentive to continue growing. Make people aware of the mistakes they have made, but this has to be balanced out with praise for work they have excelled in.

If it costs nothing, why wouldn’t you do it?
It will have little affect on you has the ‘giver’, but the impact on the ‘receiver’ will be substantial.

So go ahead, give people the praise they deserve.

See you next week!