5 Must-Haves for a Meaningful Message of Appreciation

Lynette Silva, Culture of Appreciation

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – We see good examples of recognition around us all the time. The trick is incorporating those lessons in how we recognize others.

What’s your top 5 favorite movie list? I won’t admit to all of mine (just yet), but one is definitely Breakfast at Tiffany’s. (I’m a huge Audrey Hepburn fan.) I share this with you because of a book I finished over the weekend, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., by Sam Wasson. The book is about the making of the movie, including the making of Audrey Hepburn as an actress up to that point.

What does this have to do with a blog about recognition and appreciation? A letter written by Audrey to Henry Mancini (who did the music for the movie) is a case study in how to write a good recognition message. Here’s the letter:
Dear Henry,

I have just seen our picture – BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S – this time with your score.

A movie without music is a little bit like an aeroplane without fuel. However beautifully the job is done, we are still on the ground and in a world of reality. Your music has lifted us all up [...]

A Culture of Appreciation Starts with You

Derek Irvine, Culture Management

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Creating a “thank you” culture requires each of us to do good work and thank and appreciate others who do the same.

Tell me about your workplace environment. What’s the general attitude or “feel” of the office? Hopeful and energetic? Downtrodden and despondent? Somewhere in between?

What’s your personal [...]

3 Steps to “Kraft” Innovation in Your Organization

Lynette Silva, Culture of Appreciation

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Creating a culture of innovation requires hiring innovative people, setting a tone for innovation, measuring innovative success, and recognizing progress along the way.

It’s beautiful Autumn here in New England. This weekend will be peak “leaf-peeping” season when our foliage will be the perfect blend of reds, oranges, yellows, [...]

Rally Your “Posse” for Success

Derek Irvine, Employee Engagement

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – We are all more successful as individuals when we commit to the success of our teams.

I’ve another good executive interview featured in the New York Times “Corner Office” column to share with you. This one is with Deborah Bial, president of the Posse Foundation, which “recruits and trains [...]

How You Give Feedback Is as Important as What You Say

Traci Pesch, Culture of Appreciation

by Traci Pesch

Recognize This! – Some employees are well conditioned to receive and respond to feedback, but they will still do better if that feedback is given in a constructive, helpful and positive way.

My kids are going to top performers in the workplace someday. Sure, they’re only 12 and 5 right now, but [...]

Compensation Cafe: Rewarding Ideas As Well As Results

Derek Irvine, Strategic Recognition & Company Values

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Without ideas, the amount of work invested matters not at all.

Tim Sackett is on my list of “must follow” bloggers. This post gives a good example as to why. On Compensation Cafe yesterday, I riffed on Tim’s post about the importance of ideas over work. I pointed out, [...]

A Toast to You at HR Tech

Derek Irvine, Events & Webinars

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Our friends at work are important to our engagement. Find out how to celebrate them better at booth #2134.

Technology in the Human Capital Management space is continuing to explode (just look at this HCM tech trends list from Bersin by Deloitte). There’s no better place to explore the [...]

Appreciating a Favorite Co-Worker

Andrea Gappmayer, Culture of Appreciation

by Andrea Gappmayer

Recognize This! – We all have the ability to be the superstar, and we all have the responsibility to praise and recognize the superstar.

One of my all-time favorite co-workers is a woman named Cami. Cami was a big ball of fire with a teeny tiny body, amazing cooking skills, and fabulous [...]

Thanking Those Who Go Above-and-Beyond (outside the workplace)

Lynette Silva, Recognition in Tough Times

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Difficult times are made easier by those who perform with excellence and compassion. They deserve thanks.

My father died last month. It was unexpected. Stroke, caused by an underlying brain tumor. While trite, it is true it’s a blessing he went fairly quickly and didn’t suffer long. But I’m [...]