REINFORCE THE GOOD
  • Recognizing and supporting the positive values demonstrated in other people’s actions
  • Fostering an environment that encourages GuideMarks and other healthy behaviors
  • Acknowledging, with specificity, the good work of others
COMMENTARY:
If you are a Division I college football fan or have watched a few games lately, you may have noticed a growing trend. A trend where players are recognized on the sidelines for making exceptional plays during a game. The rewards are a clever way to foster and sustain effort and tenacity as individuals that ultimately leads to higher team performance. For instance, when a Miami football defensive player creates a turnover, he is awarded a turnover chain. At Memphis, players get to wear a Ric Flaire style turnover robe. At Boise, players get to sit at the turnover throne. All these are examples of acknowledging and a great way to motivate players.

At Funds For learning, E-rate Guides are awarded a memento to mark their 10-year anniversary. The award is a unique way to celebrate their stellar service and resolve that has helped millions of students and library patrons in schools and libraries respectively have access to fast and reliable Internet.
 
When Reinforce the Good GuideMark is employed, individual performance barriers are removed culminating in a more effective and higher team performance towards an ultimate goal.
 
Key Words and Phrases
Encourage a response; Support; Reward an action; Strengthen or increase; Instruct; Boost or shore up; Affirm and validate; Foster and sustain; Bolster or amplify; Emphasize or stress
 
Opposite Terms
Tear down; Weaken; Ignore; Undermine
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