Appreciation is the glue that holds teams together. Showing appreciation demonstrates our core value of Reverence – respecting those we serve and those who serve – and leads to an environment where people work together willingly and skillfully.
What is the benefit in recognizing others for what they are doing well? Imagine for a moment teaching an infant how to walk. What if we focused our attention on the falls or the missteps, instead of enthusiastically applauding the small signs of progress? How successful would the baby be? With children, we catch them doing something right and then we applaud. The same principle applies with grown-ups.
Showing appreciation gives everyone a foundation for putting forth their best effort. Not only do people perform better in an environment of appreciation, but they also feel more fulfilled.