In high school, I had a teacher who took time every now and then to pass around blank pieces of paper with everyone's name on them. As the papers rotated, each student had to write down something nice about the person. I still have my papers for many reasons - but mainly for their sweetness, quirkiness, and humor. And because they formed the foundation of a habit I’ve developed in the years preceding. Here's the habit: << I keep a google doc filled with kind words I receive from others. >> My document goes all the way back to 2007 and includes over 50 messages. Such as... sweet notes I received in Slack from a co-worker, a facebook message I received from a friend, and an email I received from a family member. They all get compiled into the doc… and on days I need a pick-me-up, I read these sweet and heartwarming messages. ☀ As a manager and mentor, I’ve always encouraged my team to start their own docs. And now I encourage YOU (and your team - if you have one!) to do so also. Perhaps it's in google docs - or you start a slack channel for kind notes or create a special tag in your email platform. Whatever you do, keep track of those messages that fill you up. 👇🏼Tag someone who needs to hear this recommendation!
TIP FOR LEADING A TEAM: Encourage your team to keep a "kind word" doc