I post a variety of suggestions on social media every day. My suggestions are designed to inspire leaders to embrace proven techniques to boost engagement, service, and results.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I discuss one recent post which generated a surprising response within hours. The post said, “Validate others’ efforts – not just their accomplishments.”

Western society is built upon the concept of competition. Competition isn’t a bad thing. Everyone wants to win. The problem is that this life isn’t that black and white, either winning or losing.

If we believe it is, that competitive mind set consumes us.

We get wrapped up in showing how much we know, how much better we are than others. We want others to value us, our knowledge, and our contributions.

The reality is that there are people all around us that contribute ideas, efforts, and accomplishments. They make a positive difference, every day.

These delightful people are in our families, neighborhoods, grocery stores, and workplaces.

Yet if we live in that black and white world of “I win, you lose,” the only thing that we notice is accomplishment and results.

Validating others does not diminish us. It costs us a few minutes and a few words.

That surprising response? Watch the short video clip below for the answer.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and service leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube and Vimeo channels. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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What are your beliefs about validating others? Do you thank people often for their daily efforts as well as their accomplishments? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers: Good Comes First (2021) and The Culture Engine (2014).
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