Let's hear it for the power of praise. (Way to go!)
I need it, I give it as often as I can. You can, too. Everyone needs to be validated and appreciated. Everyone loves positive feedback for a job well done.
"If a man would reap praise, you must sow the seeds, gentle words and useful deeds," said wise old Benjamin Franklin.
The word praise comes from the Latin word pretiare (to value highly). As George W. Crane so cleverly observed: "Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth!"
(I couldn't have said it better myself.)
Praise boosts morale and increases productivity. A powerful motivator, praise fosters creativity, builds self-esteem, and leaves a positive lasting impression. According to the Bible's Proverbs 3:27, "Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act."
Sincere recognition is a powerful tool in building professional and personal relationships. To be effective, praise must be specific, well-timed, and honest. Applaud innovation. Celebrate improvement. Support hard work. Link enthusiastic praise to a person's skill and effort and watch the magical transformation.
"To say, 'well done' to any bit of good work," said Episcopal bishop Phillips Brooks "is to take hold of the powers which have made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge."
(Now you have it!)
Praise transforms good to better.