Sunday, March 14, 2010

What Gets Rewarded Gets Repeated

This may sound like a proud dad putting the spotlight on one of his kids...but it's actually not.

I received an email from one of my children's teachers complimenting her work on a recent project. While I appreciate the compliment on her behalf, I gained an even stronger appreciation for a great teacher.

"Mr. Henson", as we know him, not only recognizes the work of his students, but takes it to a whole 'nutha level by framing the work and putting it on the wall of his home. It's a simple principle: What gets rewarded gets repeated.

The good news is that this is not limited to teachers and students, but goes well beyond the classroom. It can penetrate our homes, restaurants, offices and churches. You should try it sometime. The next time someone does something that you really like, appreciate or just want to see done again, go over-board with appreciation and recognition. See if you get the same performance again.

Not only does this practice create good behaviors, it elevates your "stock" to those around you. You'll be one of those people who brighten a room when you walk in, not when you walk out.

Thanks "Mr. Henson" for reminding me of the value of praise!

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