Recognition is the secret weapon every leader must use.”
– David Novak
As the CEO of a global company, David Novak has seen how impactful recognition can be. He’s also witnessed how devastating it can be when it’s absent from the life of an individual, a team and even a large organization. There is a real global recognition deficit. People are starved for recognition and it is negatively impacting how they live and work.
Heartwired® Leaders unleash the power of recognition by publicly acknowledging the contributions of others. Recognition, or showing genuine gratitude, is the greatest form of encouragement and inspiration. The resources on this page will help you motivate the people around you, drive results, and feed your soul and theirs – all at the same time!
*KRC Research conducted this survey on behalf of OGO (O Great One!) via an online survey of 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18 or older. The study was conducted between February 23 – February 29, 2016.
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Recognition is powerful when you make it unique and personal. Make it personal to you and the person you’re recognizing. Putting your personal stamp on the award you give makes it more meaningful, memorable and fun for you and for those around you. Be sure to personalize each award by being specific about what that person has done to earn it!
Inspire others by sharing your recognition story and uploading a picture of your unique recognition award.
When I was President of KFC, I gave out the World Famous Chicken Bucket to people who brought our brand vision to life. The custom lenticular bucket had a fun 3-D effect and was personalized for each recipient. Publicly recognizing people for their achievements encourages them and energizes the whole team.
By David Novak
As the CEO of Yum! Brands I publicly recognized good performance with the Walk the Talk Award. It’s a huge set of smiling teeth mounted on a pair of skinny legs with big feet. My office is covered with hundreds of pictures of people from all around the world that I have recognized for their achievements. It reminds me everyday that we are really in the people business.
I’m a band geek, so I give out the Baton Award. The baton is the visual leadership tool of the conductor. The conductor understands how all the unique parts fits together to make one beautiful whole. A good conductor directs each individual or section as needed to ensure the optimal output for the ensemble. I give the Baton Award to individuals who’s contributions help the overall project succeed.
I gave out the StarFish Award along with a personal card that included the starfish story about a girl that made a difference one toss at a time. I gave the award to people on my team and in the organization that was making a difference.
My award was a giant bottle of whey protein which helps build muscle. I gave it in recognition of someone who was building people capability with their team.
My award was the “Behind the Scenes” award. I used to work in the music industry and when you have a backstage pass you can get everywhere you need to go to do your job. Concert goers only see the artist performing, but there are a ton of other people behind the scenes making things happen. Recognizing people that do a lot of work, but might not always be the face you see “on stage” was a passion of mine.
This customized jar is all about showing appreciation to others. Whether it’s for a birthday, going away party or just because, I invite those who know the recipient to write notes to fill the jar. The one receiving the jar then learns about the impact they made on others. It’s a win for both the receiver and the ones writing the notes.