It is definitely true, both in my experience as an individual contributor but even more so in my role providing coaching and guidance to global corporations, that “Thank You” are potentially the two most powerful words to show appreciation.
When you say, “Thank You,” it doesn’t mean you are simply appreciating your associates.
When you say, “Thank You,” it is critical that you do this upward, diagonal, horizontal and downward throughout the organization as well as in your personal relationships.
This means saying, “Thank You” to your boss.
This means saying, “Thank You” to your your parent.
This means saying, “Thank You” to your peers.
This means saying, “Thank You” to your spouse.
This means saying, “Thank You” to your colleagues and co-workers.
This means saying, “Thank You” to your friends and extended family.
This means saying, “Thank You” to your children and to your children’s friends.
Yes, this means saying, “Thank You” to your direct reports and associates in other departments.
Appreciation and saying, “Thank You” are tremendously important and tremendously powerful.
Even more powerful than saying, “Thank You” is combining this appreciation with one or more of these five word questions.
Before I give you this powerful recipe to create millions of dollars worth of positive impact, I must caution you!
DO NOT EVER ask these five word questions unless you intend to act on them.
If, however, you are committed to using “Thank You” with one or more of these powerful five word questions and actions, then you are on your way to creating intense levels of enablement!
For those of you who are interested, but not committed, stop reading now.
When you appreciate upwards, diagonal, horizontal and downward, and combine that with the following five word questions and actions, I guarantee you will create enablement, engagement while unleashing intense levels of positive energy in your organization and relationships.
The power 5 on 5:
How can I enable you?
What skills do you desire?
What obstacles obstruct your excellence?
What help do you need?
What is your desired recognition?