Informal Recognition & Thanks

Here’s another gem from Sean Gagnon, CEO of The Abs Company…

“The simple act of acknowledgment goes a long way in strengthening culture and letting your team know that they and their work matters.”

There’s a lot to say about the “culture” you build & try to strengthen/maintain in your organization.

CULTURE…it’s the glue that holds your place together.

It’s what makes your people want to work there…helps them derive pleasure…allows them to be themselves & show their unique personalities…gives them a true sense of belonging & ownership…promotes a certain bond amongst team members where everyone’s responsible for everyone else & what they do…cultivates a belief that your contributions are vital to the overall success of the team/organization…is held dearly by everyone in it.

It can also be a deadly force. Either way, it’s an incredibly powerful force.

And you can’t just ignore it. Make believe it’s not there.

A good buddy of mine recently said, “Culture is way more powerful than strategy!”

The more I thought of it, the more I was convinced that it’s absolutely true! It’ll provide that needed boost to allow an organization to produce at a level higher than the collection of its individual components.

It makes you feel at home & enables you to treat others as family…and be treated in a similar manner.

And similar to what I often say about service, “I know it when I see it!” It may be hard to define or break it down to its core ingredients, but you’ll surely know it when it’s there!

But it needs to be watered & fed regularly…just as it needs to be celebrated & cherished.

You may wanna hold a pot luck or run a contest or do whatever for & with your people.

Why?

Just because. Just because you wanna.

That’s as good a reason as any when you have a healthful & vibrant culture.

Never, ever underestimate its importance & all the little things that help to build it up

They may not seem like much, but just put yourself in your people’s shoes.

Recognition for, and acknowledgement of, one’s good work & contributions to the overall success of the organization is truly one of the most important employee needs.

Be conscious of it…take all the blame & dole out all the praise…treat ‘em like you love ‘em!

Thank you so much for listening!

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