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Business Productivity Strategies for Success (Collection) by Daniel Silvert, Merrick Rosenberg, Mark I. Woods, Jerry Weissman, Martha I. Finney, Trapper Woods

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Truth 43. High performers have enough coffee mugs

You’re a high performer. You’re proud of your work. You do it independently, and you take responsibility for its outcome—on good and bad days. Exactly how many coffee mugs do you personally aspire to own before you can feel truly recognized and appreciated for all your contributions to your company? The best guess is a nice, round number: zero.

And do you really need another acrylic doodad, even if it does have an engraved, gold-tone label with your name on it? How about a balloon with the word thanks emblazoned on it? Do those things really help you sustain your passion for your job? Probably not. Quality employees don’t need junk to keep up their passion for the job. They just need to be noticed ...

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