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S. Chris Edmonds

The Purposeful Culture Group

Author of the Amazon best seller The Culture Engine

One of Inc.'s Top 100 Leadership Speakers of 2018

One of Richtopia's 200 Top Influential Authors 

Jul 5, 2020

How often do you receive praise or recognition at work? We’ve had bosses that expressed gratitude well and bosses that never did it.

To understand the impact of expressed gratitude, let’s look at three common types: praise, recognition, and validation.

By praise, I mean the communication of appreciation for a person’s ideas, efforts, or contributions. Expressing praise can be as simple as writing or emailing a thank you note or calling a person up to thank them verbally.

Praise has the least beneficial, sustained impact of the three types. It is typically one-way communication - from you to the receiver. It is often a simple expression of thanks without delving into the actions you are praising or the benefits of their actions.

Praise is better than no communication of gratitude, but there are better ways to inspire.

In today's 4-minute culture leadership charge episode, Chris shares the benefits of recognition and validation, and directs leaders to leverage the positive impact of only one of these two types.

This is episode eighty-six of my Culture Leadership Charge series. In these concise episodes, I presents the best practices for creating and maintaining a purposeful, positive, productive culture - at work, at home, and in your community.

This content was released in video format on my website,, on July 8, 2020.

Check out my YouTube channel to view all of my 3-minute Culture Leadership Charge video episodes.