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Thank your team by telling them how their strengths have benefited the team

Humans have a tendency to focus more on the bad than the good, this can help us learn. What this also means is we forget the good - test it now, think of positive feedback you received this year and then of negative feedback? which one came faster to you?

I was trying to remember positive feedback, and I could not think of many, whereas the negative feedback was very vivid. One positive feedback I thought of is - having a can do attitude, which can be a sign of strengths such as optimism or grit. Suzy Green suggested a game called the secret admirer - a tweak of this game for the holidays:

  • For thanksgiving, as a team leader you can thank your team members for a strength they have shown this year

  • For christmas - you can do a secret santa, each member gets a name of someone in their team, and they spot different strengths of this person. At the end they give them a paper with the strengths and examples of when they showed them, or even a small present that represents this strengths - e.g. joy character from inside out. Online you can find secret santa generators that are easy to use!

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This of course is not limited to the holidays and can be done at any point in the year.

By Claudia Day

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