Why Public Recognition Matters

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I’ve seen almost everything you can see when it comes to incentive and reward programs.  That’s what being around for a while does for you.  And when you have a career’s worth of information in your brain the tendency is to want to explain things to the nth degree.  Go on, and on, and on, and on, and on.

I’ll admit it – I’ve been known to ramble… as I am now.

The point of this post is that sometimes it’s much more impactful to say something simply.

Recognition Is No Game

This occurred to me last Sunday night as I watched “Game of Thrones” on HBO.  A wonderfully written and acted series.  If you’re not a Lord of the Rings fan – you probably won’t like this – it’s got sorcerers, dragons, magic and all that good stuff wrapped in a medieval cloak.

During one of the scenes a character explained that he had put his reputation on the line and he could potentially be branded a liar.  In that scene he said…and I’m paraphrasing…

“A man is what others say he is, and no more.  If they say he is a liar, his word is worth nothing.”

The recognition connection you ask?

“A person is what others say they are, and no more.”

Isn’t that what recognition really is?  A public definition of one’s value to the organization.

Recognition within a company creates the value proposition for each and every individual.

Without public recognition – there is no common value.

Oh, we can believe it internally – we can have a high opinion of ourselves..  I can think I’m important and have all the value in the world.

But the others, the others have no anchor.  Unless you’ve worked directly with someone they have no knowledge of your value… or your potential value to the organization.

And neither do the managers and executives who are making decisions for succession and promotion.

Without a public recognition system there is nothing to determine “who” employees are.

Think about it for a bit…

“A person is what others say they are, and no more.”

Simple.  To the point.

Recognition systems give your company the ability to solicit and socialize “what others say you are.”

That is what recognition is… what others say you are.

Paul Hebert

Paul Hebert is Vice President of Individual Performance Strategy at Creative Group Inc, writer, speaker and consultant. Paul focuses on influencing behaviors and driving business results through employees, channel partners and consumers. He is dedicated to creating true emotional connections often overlooked in our automated, tech-enabled world. Using proven motivational theory, behavioral economics and social psychology he has driven extraordinary company performance for his clients. Paul is widely considered an expert on motivation, incentives, and engagement.