Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Laurie Beth Jones
“The National Retailers Association recently asked retail workers to list in order of importance their reasons for working. The number-one reason was “Appreciation by others for what I do.” The number-two reason was “Respect.” The number-three reason was “Money.” These results might surprise some people. However, most of us realize that today people no longer have to accept just any job and be grateful for it. Money is not the primary reason we work. The benefits we really are seeking are appreciation and respect.”
“We never outgrow the need for someone to appreciate what we are doing. At the driving range you will see many well-dressed middle-age and older men seriously whacking at the ball. They then turn around to see if anyone noticed how far it went. In work and in play, at every age, we need to be acknowledged.”
“Everyone needs positive feedback. If you want to watch someone grow several inches in stature before your eyes, just praise her or him in public.”
ACTION STEP FOR TODAY:
Do you love praise as much as this is stating here?
If you manage people are you quick to praise? Are you aware that that is what people are seeking most?
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Quotes from: Laurie Beth Jones, Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership (New York: Hyperion, 1995), page 232-234.