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Praising great performance? Specifics matter.

Happy Holidays! During what tends to be a hectic time of year for many of us, here’s to slowing down long enough to enjoy our loved ones and moments that matter!

I’m hopeful that this entry may come in handy as year-end can be a good time to say thank you to employees for their contributions.

“Great job!” offers a nice gesture. But if you really want to offer more powerful and meaningful feedback, offer specific examples of the person’s contributions and successes. Highlight the specific impact their work has had, or is having, on the project’s, team’s or organization’s success, and increase the value of your feedback.

If you’re outlining your own successes as part of your performance review process, your ability to offer specific examples of your own successes, along with examples or stats that reflect your positive impact on business, can also maximize your opportunity to receive recognition and reward.

So whether you’re offering someone else positive feedback, or stating your own successes, remember that specifics matter.

Enjoy the season!


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