One of the most important practices of being a leader in business is acknowledging others. Whether that acknowledgement is focused on employees, customers, partners or competition, everyone has a desired to feel appreciated by someone in a leadership role or even just a colleague. When acknowledgements come from an authentic place and done without expectation of reciprocity, the receiver is motivated to achieve more. A Globoforce research study in 2013 showed that 89 percent of people are more motivated by being told what they are doing right than by being told what they are doing wrong, and nearly 80 percent looked for this recognition to be given close to the time of the activity.

At the Ohio Business Week summer camp for high school students, regular acknowledgements are stressed as an important business practice.

At the Ohio Business Week summer camp for high school students, regular acknowledgements are stressed as an important business practice.

“Here’s the one universal rule I would try to teach everyone: Depth matters more than width. That is, the smallest meaningful, intentional act will mean much more than a huge one that lacks intent or substance.” - Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of digital agency VaynerMedia

No matter the size of your organization, a practice of regularly acknowledging those around you will have a dramatic positive impact on the productivity of your organization. Not all acknowledgements need to be focused on the workplace. When you acknowledge an individual for an achievement in their personal life, it shows a genuine interest in those around you.

Ohio Business Week is encouraging everyone to publicly acknowledge someone who has made a significant impact on your success. This can be a past teacher, friend, colleague or anyone that invested time into your personal growth. By acknowledging these individuals on social media, either through a written post or a video post and using #acknowledgementchallenge, we hope to create a culture in Ohio and around the world where acknowledging others becomes a common practice. Ohio Business Week is dedicated to inspiring and educating young leaders to succeed as entrepreneurs in the global economy. Acknowledging others is a key skill we teach at our summer business camp for high school students which this year will be held July 21-27 at Ohio University in Athens.

Join the movement by posting your acknowledgement beginning June 10th using #acknowledgmentchallenge

Find out more about this summer’s youth business camp at www.OhioBusinessWeek.org

Here are some tips to follow when acknowledging your employees from selfgrowth.com

Ten Tips for Acknowledging

1. Minimize negative words and phrases such as can’t, but, no, never, always, should and impossible.

2. Avoid saying You are followed by wrong, incompetent, at fault or any blame-throwing words.

3. Remind yourself that most of us are doing the best we can.

4. Listen first to discern what is going on for the other person.

5. Acknowledge feelings. Feelings are never right or wrong.

6. Acknowledge people’s best intentions. If you don’t know what they intended, assume that their intentions were to do no harm.

7. Note and comment on people’s accomplishments and strengths.

8. Act as if you are a cheerleader or a supportive coach.

9. Learn to watch and listen with a sense of gratitude.

10. Express appreciation.