How to Recognize Good Performance

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned manager, a novice just starting in a leadership position, or someone in the middle of the experience continuum, you need to be effective … you need to be successful. You owe that to your team members and you owe that to your organization. Most importantly, you owe it to YOURSELF.
One of the important “Commandments” in the best seller The 10 Commandments of Leadership is to “Do Right by those who Do Right.” Providing recognition and positive reinforcement of a team members actions, is perhaps the single most predictable way that these positive outcomes are not only sustained by that individual but also become “role model” behaviors for their co-workers.  And, it is up to each leader to “ Do Right by those who Do Right.”  And, make sure the recognition you provide is…

TIMELY – Don’t wait. Acknowledge the performance or contribution as soon as possible after it takes place. Praise tends to lose its effectiveness with the passing of time.

SPECIFIC – Tell team members exactly what they did that was right and good. A mere “nice job” doesn’t really say all that much. Being specific lets employees know exactly what behaviors to repeat in the future.

INDIVIDUAL – Focus on individuals rather than groups. Fact is, not all team members contribute equally – and they know it.

PERSONAL – Adjust the style and method of your recognition to each receiver. Some people like public praise … others prefer private chats; some respond well to tangible tokens … others would rather have some extra time off.

PROPORTIONAL – Match the amount and intensity of your recognition to the value of the achievement. Going overboard for small contributions may lead people to question your motives.

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

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Press On!!

One of my favorite quotes is by Nelson Mandela: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” When I try something new, step out of my comfort zone, and begin to feel those anxious butterflies, I remind myself to expect that feeling of fear and to press forward. And then something amazing happens: I’m often able to conquer that fear and become successful. I then remind myself, “Nelson Mandela would be proud of me.”

Today, I’d like to share with you The 10 Commandments of Leadership’s seventh leadership commandment: Confront Challenges with Courage. It is my hope that today’s excerpt will inspire you to press on and have courage so that you, too, can be successful in whatever tasks await you today.

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from The 10 Commandments of Leadership by Eric Harvey & Steve Ventura
Perhaps the best way to understand courage is to define its opposite state. Many would suggest the antithesis of courage is “cowardliness” … avoiding or succumbing to pressure, difficulty, and danger. Others would say “fear” … being afraid to do the right thing when the going gets tough. And there are those who would offer “conformity” … letting things continue the way they are because of the high price associated with changing them all. All of those definitions are valid and appropriate.As a leader, you need courage to do what is expected of you … to do what you’re there to do. You will encounter coworkers who believe your actions are wrong — even when you’re thoroughly convinced that you’re right. There will be situations that tempt you to take an easier and less resistant path. And there will be people who — either unintentionally or purposefully — create obstacles that will challenge your tenacity and resolve.

Even the very best leaders must occasionally pass the courage test. The true measure of your leadership effectiveness is the ability to look in the mirror and know that you had the strength and courage to do what, deep down inside, you knew was the right thing to do. And it’s that very fact that leads to the seventh leadership commandment: Confront Challenges with Courage.

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10 Commandments of Leadership Movie

 Have you ever wondered what the secret to being a truly effective leader is? If you’d like to be an effective and respected leader, you owe it to your people and to yourself to find out the answer by watching our three-minute movie. So sit back, turn up the volume, and enjoy this powerful movie on that movie

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The 10 Commandments of Leadership

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

I just finished working with my good friend Eric Harvey where we combined our collective years of experience working with successful leaders worldwide. The project began as a coffee conversation and ended with the book The 10 Commandments of Leadership which are the attitudes and behaviors we’ve seen demonstrated by the most effective and respected leaders.

To kick off the book launch, we have put together a fun and informative Blog Tour! We have selected 10 blogs to “host”, and on their host date each blog will highlight one of the 10 Commandments. TODAY is day ONE f the tour! Join us to refine your leadership skills, add to the discussion, learn about the book, and find out how you can win a free copy or a $100 gift certificate to! Schedule and more details here

Here are The 10 Commandments of Leadership

  1.  Make What Matters Really Matter
    Hold yourself and others accountable for bringing your mission to life.
  2. Practice What You Preach
    Be a role model for honesty, integrity, and walking the talk.
  3. Communicate with Care and Conviction
    Share what you know, be considerate and confident, and listen respectfully.
  4. Create the Involvement You Seek
    Provide team members with meaningful opportunities to participate.
  5. Do Right by Those Who Do Right
    Acknowledge and thank team members who meet or exceed your expectations.
  6. Provide What They Need to Succeed
    Make sure team members have the tools, training, and support necessary to do their best work.
  7. Confront Challenges with Courage
    Face difficult situations directly. Make the tough calls. Do what you know needs to be done.
  8. Let Differences Become Your Direction
    Appreciate the uniqueness of all of your team members. Use it to move you beyond the status quo.
  9. Strive to Serve Others
    Use your knowledge and skills for the betterment of all “customers.”
  10. Go Forth and Prosper
    Build a lasting legacy. Accept that your ultimate purpose is to help everyone become successful.

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

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