Giving or Receiving Credit

Who likes a pat on the back?  Crave to hear the words “Well done!”.  Desires to garner more praises and accolades?  Who does not??  We all do like that occasional praise.  We also know that it is good to give credit where credit is warranted.

There is a saying “it is better to give than to receive.”  Do you agree?  Ask yourself, do you give or receive more praises?  Reflect back on the last week, how many times did you give praise or credit to someone.  How many times did you receive a praise or credit from someone?  If you did not give or receive any, how does it make you feel?

Let’s explore further:

If you give more praises:

  • Under what circumstances did you give them?
  • Did you mean it?  Did the person deserve it or were you just being nice and polite?
  • Was the credit specific or generic?  For example, was it just “Well done.”  Or was it “Well done for the presentation which was clear and received the desired outcome.”

If you receive more praises:

  • Do you know what the praises were for specifically?
  • Could you then improve upon that in the future?
  • Was there anyone that maybe you could have given credit to?  Most of us don’t work in vacuum hence there must be people around you that helped you that you could share credit with.
  • No one deserves your praises cause your standards are just so high.

Do you have difficulties giving others credit?  Ask yourself, why is that?

Do you give praises too liberally?  Is there any depth or meaning to the praises that you give?

What is the balance?  Is there a balance?  Should there be a balance?  What is your balance?  What is your approach?

We all know that it is good to give credit where it is due.  If you are having difficulties, then maybe it is a good day to start.

Giving credit where credit is due is a very rewarding habit to form. Its rewards are inestimable.

Loretta Young


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