Another strategy in the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson is to build teams through One Minute Praisings.
The idea is simple. Be alert to the efforts and work going on around you. As you notice good things happening, say so. The authors call it “catching someone doing something right.”
As I have visited with the many people who have read the book, most of them have a confession: “I don’t praise as much as I should.”
When asked why it is so, you get a lot of different answers:
“I don’t want them to think I am just blowing smoke.”
“If I praise them too much, they might let up on their efforts.”
Some cynical ones can say: “We pay them to do a good job. I reserve praise for the exceptional things.”
I have a variety of thoughts regarding the obstacles:
We have challenged every leader to model good praising. We are asking simply to become more alert, notice the good work that is going on around you and say so when you see it. I think we will win as a result.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.