The best professional leaders are adept at giving credit to their team members when it’s due. And if you’re fortunate enough to be in an organization where you are complimented on your work frequently, you know this to be the case.
After all, who doesn’t love to receive glowing feedback? Constructive criticism may be valuable at helping young professionals build their skills and gumption in their early careers, but positive comments have the power to motivate us to continue doing good work. It’s a boost!
Bottom line: positivity is powerful. And here’s a quick trick to help you harness the nice things your supervisors and peers have written about you to help get you through the tough days.
Keep them. Store them. Hoard them. 😈
More specifically, create a folder in your email inbox entitled “Kudos,” and whenever you get props from a fellow employee, drag and drop it there.
That’s it. That’s the trick.
What does a Kudos folder do for you? A couple of things.
First of all, when you’re having a tough day and need a pick-me-up, you have a central repository for all the compliments you’ve received from your boss and colleagues.
Secondly, it gives you a place to refer to when you need to have quick access to your accomplishments – say, for a quarterly review or for work examples on your resume.
If it’s a message complimenting you or your work on a project, throw it in the Kudos folder. You’ll be glad you did!