November 30, 2009
What’s the one gift you can give that: A) Will be truly appreciated. B) Only takes a few minutes to give. C) Is good for co-workers, past colleagues, managers, or anyone else you feel you should recognize with a token gift this season. D) Shows what a thoughtful professional you really are! I’ll give you a hint: In order to give it, you’ll need to first step back from the stress and distractions of the holiday season and remind yourself why you are thankful for those that work alongside you, or if you are unemployed, who have been helpful in your job search. FACT: When it comes to gift giving, there is one thing that EVERYONE needs and they NEVER feel they get enough of. I wrote about this last year at the onset of the recession. It’s a perk that you can actually give any professional – even the ones you don’t like so much. Moreover, in giving this gift, you actually do some good for your career. It’s what a blogger I respect, Chris Brogan, agrees is vital to our presence management. Have you figured it out yet? Drum roll please... Okay, I’ll tell you. It’s a compliment. Now, I'm not talking about appreciation, but rather a specific, clear, honest and sincere compliment. Ironically, most people don’t understand the subtle difference between appreciation and compliments – especially, the fact that compliments are better than appreciation. To sum it up, a compliment pays respect…one of the most sought-after professional currencies. While appreciation merely implies indebtedness, which can lead to a feeling in inequity in your professional relationships. Here's how YOU Can Give the Ultimate Compliment to Colleagues & Managers in 2009! All this month, we will display in a daily post entitled, ‘Career Compliments,’ where we will list all compliments sent in by our readers. To have your compliments listed, simply follow these instructions:
- List the company where each person works and include the person’s full first name and the first initial of their last name.
- Write a compliment (100 words max) for each person that specifically lists what they do best at work. (Read this post for ideas on how to write a great compliment.)
- Provide your full first name and the first initial of your last name too.
- Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Check in the next day to see your post and then forward it to all the people you complimented so they can see it. (FYI – sign up to get our posts automatically by e-mail HERE.)