Time to Give Kudos

Kudos means a praising remark.  We all like to be appreciated and acknowledged for our work or contributions.  Let’s spend some time exploring kudos.

Why Give Kudos

There are a few reasons to give kudos. First, we all like to be acknowledged and appreciated. Second, appreciating someone’s work or efforts can sometimes be the catalyst to develop or deepen a new or existing personal or work relationship. Third, kudos are sometimes the sustaining embers in people’s lives.

How to Give Kudos

Kudos can be verbal or written. Kudos  can be physically given as in a handwritten note, card or with a small token gift.  Kudos can also be given via an email or on a blog posting can be made from time to time.

Receiving Kudos

It is nice to receive kudos. Kudos can be put up on a bulletin board or display shelf. Verbal kudos can be transformed to penned lines and  inserted into an appreciation journal.

Appreciating the Giver of the  Kudos

It is polite to acknowledge the sender for their sentiments or gifts, either by verbalizing your appreciation or by sending an acknowledging note.

Making Kudos part of Your Routine

Take time to routinely reflect and send appropriate kudos to those around you. Kudos giving can be a nice break in a full or busy week.  Kudos giving makes us look outside of ourselves, which can be helpful when we are too inward thinking.

Who can you give kudos to in your life?

This is a best of post from Terry’s Thinking  2009.

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One response to “Time to Give Kudos

  1. Fred

    Terry is very right in encouraging to give kudos or recognition. I try my best to do this at work and in my Toastmaster club because I think you cannot recognize enough, as long as the recognition is specific and sincere. All of us want to feel important, and recognition is the door to realize that self-validation. In group settings, recognition also engenders a sense of fun, engagement, bonhomie and esprit de corps. If you are a leader or a manager, it is a powerful tool to maintain morale. I remember many years ago when I was an assistant supervisor over an engineering section, I had a very disgruntled engineer who was making loud unhappy noises. I did the opposite of what you might expect, and wrote him a letter of commendation. It was easy to find specifics to make such a commendation genuine. He was absolutely stunned and said that was the first time he’d been recognized in over 20 years. I now had a model, happy, productive employee and it felt spirtually right to provide this recognition. Since then, I’ve often used recognition, but it must be specific and genuine to be really effective.

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