September – Thank You

Two pretty simple words that you can be leveraged in a number of ways. These ideas came from Jeff Haden in my local newspaper. Say:

Thanks
This can be as simple as saying thanks when an employee drops off a report. Say thank you as often as you can.  Then show thanks by:

  1. Providing Greater Freedom and Autonomy
    Seems like I keep preaching this over and over. I still like the work Empowerment. This item is the key to motivation. (See some of my earlier articles on my website.)
  2. Genuinely Seeking Input
    Respect and trust the employee’s input. If they have a suggestion, consider it carefully and certainly provide feedback.
  3. Asking for Help
    Show a willingness to learn. Your employee can be a teacher.
  4. Lending a Hand
    Offer something that feels collaborative, not patronizing or gratuitous. Model the behavior you want your employees to display.
  5. Being Gracious About a Compliment
    Just smile, make eye contact, and say (here is that word again) THANK YOU.

The Management Doctor – thank you for reading