My friend (Brad Leeper) is one of the most incredible people I know. For the past 20 years, he has never failed to send every single one of his friends a Birthday card. Every year, when I open that card, I am reminded of how much I treasure his friendship. What a kind and thoughtful gesture!
Do you understand the power of a card or note to your team? Appreciation is one of the most effective actions of a strong project leader to motivate and encourage others.
Everyone knows that an email is quick, easy, and requires no sacrifice of time or effort. That’s why emails are ineffective for appreciating others.
Here is the secret to an effective Thank-You note or card: It must be handwritten. Otherwise, it barely ranks higher than an email.
Here are some items for extra credit:
- It should be addressed by you, not an administrative assistant. We can tell when all you did was scribble “thank you” and left the hard work to someone else
- It should have a stamp (not the office postage meter)
- It should have your home address as the return address (not work)
Thanks for listening.