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Meaningful Acknowledgment and Appreciation

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Teams who feel appreciated outperform those who don’t.

—Lori Ogden Moore, executive coach

My elder son’s room used to be full of medals, trophies, certificates, gold stars, and other evidence that he participated in soccer, choir, school, camp, and more. Most of them were for simply showing up, framed and mounted (by me) as a continually growing shrine to his worth. When he decided to focus on music, all evidence of participation in other activities was either thrown away by him (or rescued by me). What remains today are a few mementos that matter to him as evidence of his musical journey. My teenage ...

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