The Power of Public Recognition

Leadership Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski

When I was speaking in one of the western states, a third of the audience stated they heard me speak before. So I asked, “Did you apply what you learned from me and what was the outcome?” Two managers had similar stories. They each turned one of their poorest performing employees around to becoming one of their best performers. Nothing seemed to work with one of the poor performing employees (John Doe), until the day his manager asked all his employees to stop what they were doing and come see the work John Doe just completed. The manager told everyone that it’s been years since he saw this particular job done as well as John just did it and this is the way we need to do it from now on. 


That is all that it took to get John to improve, literally, overnight! The very next day the 22 year-old employee finally showed up for work on time, neatly dressed and with his hair cut! Moreover, he also dramatically improved his work performance and months later he still is doing a great job and getting better!


I realize public recognition has some potential to build resentment among employees who are not getting recognized. But when done appropriately, this type of recognition is extremely powerful! This is especially true with younger entry-level workers. And public recognition gives you the potential to build a lasting legacy with your employees!


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