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Thought for the Week
Your Success Thought for the Week of April 29, 2009
Install A Bragging Board
Your people are starved for good news to motivate them, to make them excited about their jobs again.  This may be a conscious, but more likely a subconscious need. 
We often make motivating our people much more complicated and difficult than it needs to be.  What if it were as simple as putting up a board in a visible place to celebrate your people's accomplishments and to allow them to celebrate each others successes? 
Here's a concept from the 'Celebrate Values and Victories' segment of Kouzes/Posner's The Leadership Challenge:
"Our friend, author Hal Zina Bennett, tells the story of recognition in his parents' small furniture factory.  During the Christmas rush, his father always hired extra workers, and since they were temporary hires, motivation was often a problem. 
One day, Hal's dad installed what he called a 'Bragging Board' at the entrance where employees hung up their coats.  Whenever he wanted to acknowledge an employee for an achievement, he wrote a quick thank-you note and pinned it to the board for all to see.
People appreciated the notes, and they left them pinned to the board in public view rather than taking them down and storing them in a private place. Then they started attaching their own notes to the board, announcing achievements and family events outside of work that they wanted to brag about. 
The 'Bragging Board' helped to create a sense of community and camaraderie; it reinforced the fact that people's humanness mattered. 
The success of the 'Bragging Board' also demonstrates that people love to participate in the recognition of achievements and special milestones in their lives."
Knowing and acting upon your people's needs elevates them to a new level.  It's a simple formula: appreciation and recognition breeds enthusiastic appreciation, loyalty, creativity and work harder in return.  

What if something as simple as a 'Bragging Board' motivated your people to be 1% more productive than last week, and if this 1% continued each week as new items were placed on the board? 
Enjoy your discoveries and have a grand week.

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