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Loving Monday: Inserting a Warm Word in a Cold World

loving_mondayIt would probably catch everyone off guard.

Out of the blue, or so it would seem, you blurt out, “You really know your stuff. Thank you for all you contribute.”

Or when she’s not looking, you sneak up and announce, “I couldn’t do this without you.”

Even more inexplicably, you confess, “This team is one of the things I love most about this job.”

It can be a cold world. Tight deadlines. Tighter margins. Nasty vendors. Nastier clients. And a tough economy to boot.

We are busy. We are stressed. We are juggling multiple responsibilities, and it’s taking our full focus not to drop anything.

It’s into this cold world that a warm word can make the difference between surviving and thriving.

To hear that one’s ideas are appreciated, that one’s contribution is recognized, or that one’s presence is valued can transform a stressed, weary, minimal effort into an energetic and passionate engagement.

We get caught up in the busyness and stress of the job’s intensity ourselves. It is easy to forget that people run on more than a paycheck to keep their motivation and energy levels up.

Yes, it would be nice if someone directed a warm word your way. In the mean time, though, take the initiative yourself and insert a warm word into someone else’s otherwise cold world.

Looking for a simple structure to guide your words? Download a copy of our “Say Thank You and Mean It” tool. (click here)

Let me know what happens!

On your side,

– Karl Edwards

Loving Monday is a weekly column designed to encourage us to step into our weeks with an intention to show up authentically, engage fully, and choose to make it a good week for ourselves. Explore past columns here.

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