The Power of Thanks * 33Voices Interview

by Derek Irvine

Cover of Power of Thanks BookRecognize This! — Thanks and appreciation are powerful because the expression of thanks requires acknowledgement of the actions, achievements, behaviors and contributions of others.

One of my greatest professional pleasures in 2014 was collaborating again with Globoforce CEO Eric Mosley to write The Power of Thanks. Recently, I was honored to be asked to share more about the book with Moe Abdou, founder of 33Voices, a website dedicated to “a global conversation about things that matter in business and in life.”

Throughout the 30-minute conversation, Moe and I discussed why simple but heartfelt and sincere messages of thanks do carry such immense power – to the person receiving those thanks, of course, but also to the person giving them. Click through on the links below for more information:

A few highlights from the interviews:

  • Money may get your team to show up to work, but it’s the psychological contract that will ignite the best in them. Remember that the most important of human needs is appreciation.
  • If you find yourself constantly talking about your culture, seeking to teach people about it, talking culture at your people rather than pointing it out over and over as its happening, it should be clear that the culture you want isn’t fully part of your company.
  • The glue to your social recognition program is your community. Celebrate and promote its value, but don’t neglect the wisdom you gain from the rich pool of data it reveals.

When was the last time you took a moment to deliberately and specifically thank someone? When were you last thanked yourself?

 

 

Derek Irvine

About Derek Irvine

The VP of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their organizations. As a renowned speaker and co-author of "The Power of Thanks" and "Winning with a Culture of Recognition," he teaches companies how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. Derek holds a B.Comm and Masters of Business Studies from the Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin.

One Response

  1. Thank you for this – I love this piece! Who doesn’t want to be recognized and feel appreciated? I’ve been trying to do better in my home, showing appreciation more for my family. Sometimes we forget that, at least I do!

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