Praise is high-octane fuel for your team!

You team works hard each and every day to meet their goals and objectives set forth for them.  At times, you team operates like a well-oiled machine, firing on all cylinders and never missing a beat.  Each and every presentation and meeting feels better than the one before.

When your team is working at this high level, all is well with the world!  Everyone is upbeat, happy and engaged in the work before them.  Your clients, customers and stakeholders are all ecstatic at the results you and your team produce.

You know that feeling – and it feels REALLY good… You wish this level of performance could last forever.

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Well, it can… but only if you put the right fuel into the engine.

Much like any high-performance athlete, you team needs fuel to perform consistently at this level.  Just think if tri-athletes, probably the highest performing athletes of all, only ate junk food, or even worse… did not eat anything at all during a race. How well do you think their bodies would perform?

To keep your team performing at this high level you need to feed them, and I don’t mean donuts or coffee cake in the breakroom on Fridays!

The high-performance fuel that they need to be amazing everyday doesn’t cost a thing, has zero calories, is 100% trans-fat free.

What is it?

Praise for a job well done.

Leaders who consistently praise their team for a job well done (Behavior #5) are giving their team high octane fuel that they need to keep doing amazing work.

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Check out this short video about how you can express appreciation and praise to those on your team:


My leadership journey began more than than 25 years ago with The Leadership Challenge, the most trusted source on becoming a better leader.  So far, more than 2 million copies of the book have been published in over in over 20 languages. Based on Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s extensive global research, this life changing approach to leadership and their enduring work is critical to help us navigate the world of work today.  The basic premise is that leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured and, most important, that it can be learned.