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In Praise of Praise

A compliment is simple It costs you nothing, yet can reap fantastic benefits. If you want your compliments to mean something, use them correctly.

A compliment is simple

It costs you nothing, yet can reap fantastic benefits. If you want your compliments to mean something, use them correctly. A good compliment has different meanings in different contexts.

A compliment offered while giving creative direction or during training can help an individual to retain knowledge more easily. There is a direct correlation between compliments given and knowledge retention. A well placed compliment can enrich and deepen you relations. All it takes is the right words at the right time.

Compliments and critique

In daily performance, your compliments and critique both mean the world. Bad team leaders give compliments when they mean little, yet critique whenever there is a minor issue. Better team leaders know that a well-placed compliment can help to increase performance levels.

This is important to keep in mind when dealing with creative professionals. If an team member undertakes a creative endeavour, there will always be a risk of failure. It is often more important to overlook small flaws and to praise any gains that are made. Innovation requires truly construct praise as well as constructive criticism.

Understanding the power of a meaningful, honest compliment can help you to improve your team’s performance across the board. Learn to praise the good rather than simply criticizing the bad. Doing so will help you to create an environment that fosters creativity and good feelings in your office.

✓ Complimentary checklist

  1. Compliments must be honest. Never kiss as. 
  2. Your intention matters, don’t manipulate.
  3. If you need help, keep in mind what the other person can do better than you -and say so.
  4. Complimenting good behaviour is more powerful than criticizing bad behaviour.
  5. Positive reinforcement stimulates creative thinking and sharing.
  6. When you do need to criticize someone, and sometimes you just do, don’t end the criticism with a compliment, and never start it with one.

 

Additional Information

Compliments also affects motor skill memory and motivation. According to Professor Norihiro Sadato, “To the brain, receiving a compliment is as much a social reward as being rewarded money. We’ve been able to find scientific proof that a person performs better when they receive a social reward after completing an exercise. There seems to be scientific validity behind the message ‘praise to encourage improvement'” Read more