Friday check in.
You have probably 50 other emails to read through, so we appreciate you keeping up with the challenges and making the effort to improve who you are as a leader!
The challenge: approach one situation/person a day and before anything else, appreciate them.
So how did it go? Any experiences in the week that you can pick out where you made an active effort to appreciate someone you interacted with? Maybe you hit some kill switches this week, but no doubt you avoided others in every moment you chose to add value to your team members.
Team members ranging from your supervisor, to the ones changing the bed pans and linens. The interesting part of appreciation is you can’t truly ever go wrong. No one will get angry at you for validating their point of view, communicating that you understand what they’re saying, and just saying ‘thank you’.
It’s simple, though it might seem elementary. The magic phrase is still, “thank you”. It’s more magic, however, and only effective, when you mean it.
It’s this simplicity of appreciating others, that builds unbreakable foundations of respect and trust.
Keep up the good work, and don’t hesitate to accept the challenge of appreciating others over the weekend. Practice is never wasted with these principles.
Beyond Reason, the capstone book of Roger Fisher’s amazing career in conflict resolution, is the source of the information in this blog-post.