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Chapter from: "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2011

Abstract

Praise and recognition are powerful motivators because they satisfy a fundamental human need-the need to feel valued for what we do. You, as a manager, are in a unique position to offer - or withhold - this recognition. In this chapter, bestselling author ('Driven to Distraction') and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell focuses on how you can make your employees 'Shine' - the fifth and final step in the Cycle of Excellence. Using recent discoveries in brain science (most notably that success has a much greater influence on the brain than failure) and real-life examples from Harvard University, Dana Corporation, and his own work with individuals, Hallowell explains how praise and recognition build self-esteem, which in turn drives greater effort and the determination to succeed. He even draws a connection between recognition and moral behavior, explaining that recognition not only motivates people to work harder but also strengthens their connection to the larger group, lessening the chances that they will act out of greed or self-interest. The chapter closes with a list of ten tips you can follow to encourage your people to shine in their jobs and perform at their peak - every day. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 6 of 'Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People.' This chapter is excerpted from ‘Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People'.

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Abstract

Praise and recognition are powerful motivators because they satisfy a fundamental human need-the need to feel valued for what we do. You, as a manager, are in a unique position to offer - or withhold - this recognition. In this chapter, bestselling author ('Driven to Distraction') and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell focuses on how you can make your employees 'Shine' - the fifth and final step in the Cycle of Excellence. Using recent discoveries in brain science (most notably that success has a much greater influence on the brain than failure) and real-life examples from Harvard University, Dana Corporation, and his own work with individuals, Hallowell explains how praise and recognition build self-esteem, which in turn drives greater effort and the determination to succeed. He even draws a connection between recognition and moral behavior, explaining that recognition not only motivates people to work harder but also strengthens their connection to the larger group, lessening the chances that they will act out of greed or self-interest. The chapter closes with a list of ten tips you can follow to encourage your people to shine in their jobs and perform at their peak - every day. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 6 of 'Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People.' This chapter is excerpted from ‘Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People'.

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