I love the book of Proverbs and try to read from it daily. It's easy as there are 31 total Proverbs, so I aim to read 1 per day based on the day of the month. The book is full of amazing wisdom. The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon and other wise men to the people of Israel during Solomon’s reign (970–930 BC). Proverbs describes the importance of living wisely and in the fear of the Lord as opposed to following the seductive path of foolishness. Today I chose a Proverb I read a few days ago that applies directly to leadership and how to treat people in general.
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is do." Proverbs 3:27
When it comes to paying a fellow co-worker or subordinate a compliment, it's so easy to forget. I know what it's like. We get so busy in our own stuff that we fail to recognize good solid work from others. And even worst, I've worked with some individuals in the past who purposely didn't want to share compliments for fear the employee would start to feel worthy of a raise. Craziness. I've always believed that when you treat someone well, always recognizing and acknowledging their hard work, they'll give you that extra 10% effort all day long. At Crawford, I desire for this to become part of our culture - recognizing the accomplishments and efforts of others and acknowledge them often.