June 15

Monday Morning Minute Episode #005 – How To Start Positively Reinforcing



Applying Positive Reinforcement.

In last week's MMM I shared with you the principle of positive reinforcement.

Being able to spot behaviours to positively reinforce was last week's exercise.

In this week's episode, I'll look at how you can begin applying positive reinforcement.

Once you know what you want to reinforce, it's actually much easier than many people think.

It's probably something you're already doing, but with a slight tweak to make it even more impactful.

What do you think that might be?

Enjoy this week's episode to see if you're right.

And then let me know in the comments, the answer to this question:

What did you last positively reinforce someone for and how did you do it?
 your text here...

Episode Transcript:

Welcome to another edition of the Monday Morning Minute

In last week’s show I had you look out for and capture the great behaviours of your team.  These were behaviours you’d like to see more of or at least continue at their current level.

Assuming you followed my suggestion, what next?

Well now you’ve identified what you as the manager value, it’s time to acknowledge your team members for their effort.

Whilst they may not explicitly demand to be appreciated or recognised, they’ll definitely like more positive feelings coursing through their veins. 

A way to start doing that is of course to say thank you.  

Now you’re probably already saying thank you.  But a simple thank you on its own falls short of the potential positive impact you could have on them.

So experiment this week with a slightly more sophisticated thank you.

It goes like this:

Say thank you but for something specific and tell them why you’re saying thank you.  

For example - thank you for putting the effort in to get this report in on time.  It means we’ll meet our overall deadline and keep head office happy.

Try it and see what happens.

Until next week.

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