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The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People. Kandi Thomas and Angela Nichols. Tallest Tower. This exercise is to help build collaboration and communication. Must build the tallest free standing tower with the supplies in the bags. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Five Languages of Appreciation in the workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging PeopleKandi Thomas and Angela NicholsTallest TowerThis exercise is to help build collaboration and communication.Must build the tallest free standing tower with the supplies in the bags. You have 25 minutes to complete this task.No questions to the facilitators. Good luck! How does building the tower in this activity compare to your daily work? or the way our group is organized?

How does this activity relate to being part of the larger company, organization, or group?

How can we encourage collaboration, communication, and sharing among the whole group?

Tallest Tower DiscussionSurvey Please take ten minutes to complete the survey. Words of AffirmationWords of Affirmation is the language that uses words to communicate a positive message to another person. Praise for AccomplishmentsAffirmation for CharacterPraise for PersonalityHow & Where to Affirm personal, praise in front of others, written affirmation, public affirmationMissing the Mark: Hollow PraiseTask: Choose a colleague you feel is deserving and give them a statement of affirmation within the next two weeks. Quality TimeQuality time; giving the person your focused attention.How?Maintain eye contact.Dont do other things while you are listening.Listen for feelings as well as thoughts.Affirm their feelings even if you disagree with their conclusions.Observe body language.Resist the impulse to interrupt.When, Where, Who?Missing the Mark: Im Here, Arent I?Task: Next time, when talking with a colleague, stop emailing, texting, and working to just listen to what they have to say. Acts of ServiceProviding assistance to ones colleagues is a powerful expression of appreciation,Serve Effectively: your responsibilities need to be covered, ask for help, serve voluntarily, check your attitude, if you are going to help, do it their way, complete what you start. Offices and ClassroomsMissing the Mark: Begrudging ServiceTask: During a time that you are free of all your responsibilities, help another staff member out. Tangible GiftsGiving the right gift to a person who appreciates tangible rewards can send a powerful message of thanks, appreciation and encouragement.Gifts: The Who and the WhatMore Than a MugTime Off as a GiftTask: Identify not only a person that values tangible gifts, but also what they would like and provide them with that gift.

Physical TouchAppropriate physical contact with colleagues to show appreciation for a job well done.Time and a PlaceIts Not for EveryoneBenefits: positively affect educational learning, emotional healing, create a sense of acceptance, communicates a sense of trust, connectedness, and caring.Task: Identify one to two team members that their language is physical touch.

Your Least Valued LanguageThe Black Hole of AppreciationBlind Spot of AppreciationChoose to Accept Others LanguagesSpeak their Language Overcoming Your ChallengesBusynessBelief that Communicating Appreciation is not ImportantFeeling Overwhelmed with Existing ResponsibilitiesStructural and Logistical IssuesPersonal Discomfort with Communicating AppreciationFake Factor

What is your language of appreciation?