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The Power of Recognition

There is something special that happens when you see people lifted up for their accomplishments. Most people are truly happy for those who have been recognized and it creates a sense of community not easily broken.   It also generates much excitement as people think about the possibilities in their own lives.

Lately, I’ve witnessed several different examples of public recognition that not only make my heart swell with pride and happiness for the recipients, but also gain more respect for those giving the recognition.  As I was sitting in a Business Review meeting yesterday, I watched as one leader continually put the focus back on members of her team–she was ultimately accountable for success or failure, but made sure those in the room knew that her team was making it happen.  I found myself shooting emails to several people who’d been bragged on in the meeting, and each person replied with joy, knowing that they had been recognized.  And today, we had our quarterly All-Employee Meeting where annual performance and core values awards were given out.  I teared up as I watched several of my coworker friends be lifted up for their hard work, perseverance, and innovation.  The room was electric with the happy hearts of those who’d been awarded and those who got to be a part of the celebration.

Here are some lessons I’ve learned having been both the giver and receiver of recognition:

1.Hard work Does pay off-It doesn’t take a genius IQ, a magnetic personality, or living at the office to be seen as someone worth moving up the ladder.  But getting in the trenches, showing people you want to learn, and treating others as you want to be treated are surefire ways to get noticed.

2. Being true to who you are Will set you up for success-Sucking up only gets you so far.  Sure, it can work, but only to the person you’re sucking up to (meanwhile no one else can stand you). Being real is harder, but in the end frees you up to live out your goals.

3. Recognition breeds loyalty-Mark Schoenwald, our President at Thomas Nelson, is one of the most authentic, people-focused, consistent leaders I’ve worked for.  He makes time to connect with people, is an open and consistent communicator, and makes it a priority to never miss an opportunity to brag on others. I’d follow him most anywhere because he’s earned my respect in spades.

4. Recognizing others lifts you up too-It takes confidence in yourself as a leader to step out of the spotlight and give credit to others.  And in doing so, you earn respect and credibility.

Make it a point today to lift up someone publicly.  You will make their day, and that will make yours.

“Don’t worry when you aren’t recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”-Abraham Lincoln

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14 Responses to “The Power of Recognition”

  1. Rachel May 13, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Jennifer, great post, and a hardy amen! I posted on ACFW’s loop how social media was a great way to brag on others.

    I posted in a blog recently about the power of reward. Even the most humble need recognition or reward for their hard work. Otherwise, the heart grows weary!

    What a true champion you are to cheer along with others and give them recognition from your heart!

    Rachel

  2. JenDeshler May 14, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    Rachel,

    You are right-social media is an easy and effective way to give others a pat on the back. And without them once in a while, people lose heart.

    You rock!

  3. Rachel May 14, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    You’re so right about social media (of course..;) I posted on ACFW’s loop about self promotion. Some see social media as self promo and are uncomfortable with it.

    I suggested seeing it not as self promotion but as “joining the conversation.” So yes, participate, people. Tell us what you’re doing, we’ll tell you where we’re up to. I’ll cheer you on, and you’ll cheer me.

    I love it! Have a God-kissed weekend friend!!

    Rachel

  4. Tod Shuttleworth May 14, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    Jennifer – what a great blog. Thanks for your words of wisdom and insight. It was a great day yesterday.

    • JenDeshler May 14, 2010 at 8:11 am #

      Tod,

      And You were great. No better words could have been said to Eric.

  5. Grant Jenkins May 14, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    Great post, Jen! I loved this. I have personally seen the power of recognition at work in a team. Unfortunately, I have also seen the power of lack of recognition in a team and the negative effect it has on morale and team-building. You are very blessed to work at a place that places such a high value on recognizing and awarding the team.

    • JenDeshler May 14, 2010 at 8:10 am #

      Hi Grant,

      Truly blessed to work in a place where value is put on lifting others up. Follow Fridays are a perfect example of how a little nod can go along way for people. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Jason May 14, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Great post, Jen!

  7. Susan Lawrence May 17, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Hey, Jen! I follow you on Twitter and connected with your blog..love it! I’m connecting with other bloggers I know who are passionate about encouraging women to share with you my upcoming (June) blog tour of Pure Purpose, my first Bible Study! You can check out the details of the blog tour under Notes on my Pure Purpose Facebook page (http://tinyurl.PurePurposeFB). There’s a link to my blog on it. Or just let me know if you’d like more information or to personally connect! Or feel free to pass this along to others! – Susan

  8. The Smis May 18, 2010 at 6:01 am #

    Great post, Jen! I loved this. I have personally seen the power of recognition at work in a team. Unfortunately, I have also seen the power of lack of recognition in a team and the negative effect it has on morale and team-building. You are very blessed to work at a place that places such a high value on recognizing and awarding the team.
    +1

  9. Bruce May 19, 2010 at 4:08 am #

    Rachel,

    You are right-social media is an easy and effective way to give others a pat on the back. And without them once in a while, people lose heart.

    You rock!

  10. Bruce May 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Hey, Jen! I follow you on Twitter and connected with your blog..love it! I’m connecting with other bloggers I know who are passionate about encouraging women to share with you my upcoming (June) blog tour of Pure Purpose, my first Bible Study! You can check out the details of the blog tour under Notes on my Pure Purpose Facebook page (http://tinyurl.PurePurposeFB). There’s a link to my blog on it. Or just let me know if you’d like more information or to personally connect! Or feel free to pass this along to others! – Susan

  11. Amy June 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Great post, Jen! I loved this. I have personally seen the power of recognition at work in a team. Unfortunately, I have also seen the power of lack of recognition in a team and the negative effect it has on morale and team-building. You are very blessed to work at a place that places such a high value on recognizing and awarding the team.
    +1

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