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Praising Others to Success

Updated on November 29, 2014

The Power of Compliments

Why is it that during this day and age, when we're educated on how to make friends and influence people, there are still managers who point out what's wrong with how their subordinates do their jobs. Instead of telling their staff what they've done right, they focus on what they've done wrong. Or to put in more politically correctly, "what you can do better".

People are Dogs Too

Dogs are trained better than most employees are managed. According to the Ed Beckman School of Dog Training, the key is to reward your pet when he poops and pisses on the proper service instead of hitting him when he doesn't. Even in the 1962 movie "If a Man Answers", Chantel Stacy, played by Sandra Dee, is taught by her mother on how to treat a man by handing her a book, “How To Train Man’s Best Friend”. Even though the lessons are for training dogs, Chantel learns how to get and keep her husband, who was played by Bobby Darin.


Praise People to Success

Additionally, Mary Kay Ashes' autobiography, 'Mary Kay', which shares her story of how she overcame working in a male dominated business world, among other things, states that the golden rule for her accomplishments is to praise people to success.

And even while I pontificate this helpful adage, I too am at fault. I've never thanked my apartment building's superintendent for the fine paint job he did on the basement floors last year. Instead, I point out the bits of broken glass and lettuce that spill out of the multitude of trash bags onto the back door entrance. I always tell myself that I'm going to tell the building manager what a great job our super does. But have I? No. It's still on my to-do list.

Being a Power of Example

And even while I pontificate this helpful adage, I too am at fault. I've never thanked my apartment building's superintendent for the fine paint job he did on the basement floors last year. Instead, I point out the bits of broken glass and lettuce that spill out of the multitude of trash bags onto the back door entrance. I always tell myself that I'm going to tell the building manager what a great job our super does. But have I? No. It's still on my to-do list.

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