I was recently asked to speak at corporate Annual Employee Appreciation Event.

I was given instructions to be “inspirational”, informative, and yet “light” and “fun”; and to be honest, I struggled with just how to find that balance.

We all toss around the word “appreciate” and often, I feel like it is a soft and unspecific word that never actually describes what we really need.

And then I saw this video…and I knew exactly what to say.

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Appreciation is defined as “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something” and yet is something that we forget has such an incredible impact on our ability to perform personally, and professionally.

I showed this video to the over 200 employees at this Appreciation Event.

And then I asked them what happens when we acknowledge and appreciate others.

What happens when we do the appreciating? And what happens when we are the appreciated?

We…our friends, our colleagues, our managers and our employees…are no different than the teachers and students in the video.

We get uncomfortable,






and invited to step fully into our best selves when we both take the time to appreciate others and allow ourselves to be appreciated and acknowledged.

We often underestimate the power of calling out the brilliance of those around us and in the midst of our life, love and career…we forget what the return on this seemingly small act can be. The act of authentically and consistently acknowledging the gifts and strengths of another is how we invite others to perform at the highest level of excellence and we set a new standard for ourselves.

You see, while it is sometimes uncomfortable to both give and receive appreciation, it is the simplest way to inspire greatness. {tweet this}

Take time today to find a way to express your appreciation of someone in your world. I promise, you will gain as much, if not more, benefit from just one small act.

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