It goes a long way when something is acknowledged that is usually taken for granted: 

> the proofreader receives kudos from the writer
> the main manager gives a compliment to someone at the branch office
> the leader thanks the person who routinely runs all the reports
> the front of the house staff shares appreciation with the back of the house staff
> the back of the house staff tells the front of the house staff they did a good job
> the doctor thanks the receptionist 

and on it goes.  

We are usually conscious about thanking certain people for certain things they do, but acknowledging what is not always acknowledged can be a powerful motivator.  Look around today and see what is going right that you can comment on, especially if you haven’t noticed it before.

Recognition (consciousness) that leads to recognition (appreciation) is golden.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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