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Gratitude Doesn’t Matter If It’s Not Expressed

By Joey Havens

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This blog is the fourth in the series, My Top 10 Blunders and How You Can Avoid Them

I have always been a very thankful person and grateful for the contributions that my team members made. The problem I had as a team member, and eventually as a leader, was that I kept all of that to myself. I assumed that people knew I was thankful and appreciated their help. I totally underestimated the power of public, sincere and frequent appreciation. When I learned to open up and share my gratitude, my team members suddenly got more creative, open, loyal, fun and appreciative. 

My advice: Appreciation is a powerful form of feedback, yet it is often the least given. I’ve learned to err on the side of lots of affirmation, public gratitude and appreciation. It is a power source for your team and you. Be sure it is authentic, and be sure to take the time to explain why you are thankful.