Saturday, 8 December 2007


If with pleasure you are viewing, anything a man is doing,
If you like it, or you like him, tell him now, Don't delay your approbation for the funeral ovation, As he lies with snow white lilies o'er his brow. For no matter how you shout it, he won't know a thing about it, He won't know how many teardrops you have shed. If you think some praise is due to him, now's the time to tell it to him, For he'll never smell your flowers when he's dead, Nor will he read the tombstone o'er his head.

The poem above, titled Tell Him Now appears in Frank Tibolt's book, A Touch Of Greatness. It captures the importance of giving praise in a beautiful way.

Too often we are stingy in our praises and too generous in disparage of others. It is always easy to find a fault in someone. Everyone has one. It takes a little bit of effort to see the positive in others but it is worth it. Studies after studies in human behavior have found that giving praise works better in raising productivity than criticism.

Learn to give praise and not flattery. Flattery is cheap and dishonest and often used by those with hidden agendas and malicious intent. If someone has done good, tell him or her. Everyone can do with a little pat in the back.

Remember that everyone is fighting their own battle and a giving praise to whatever achievement, big or small, rekindles the spirit.

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