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Oh, really? They’re little things?

It’s easy to overlook the little things. But are they so little? It seems often they’re what can make or break a relationship. They’re dangerous, those little things—like not acknowledging others, their ideas, their contributions, them. A smile and “thank you” are mostly all you need. Simple, direct, sincere. Too often we forget these common courtesies or worse, we ignore them.

Nothing huge…unless we do forget or ignore! That’s when those shunned make a mountain out of something we saw as a mole-hill. It’s happened to us all: You and your co-worker are discussing your project. You have a brilliant idea; you’re proud of it. You expect recognition, maybe even praise.

She barely waits for you to stop; she starts talking about what she’s been thinking, without a nod to you or your idea. Uh-oh! We all have a tendency to do it. In the excitement, to forget; worse, to ignore the need of the other—that little thing, simple acknowledgement of them, their idea, their effort.

We’re human! We need to belong. We want to be appreciated. We love to be recognized. Acknowledging others is critical. They’ll know they’ve been heard, recognized, appreciated, and included.

The little things are easy to do…and easy not to do. Let’s do a better job of acknowledging others. All it takes is a little effort and attention. It’s a powerful skill to have and to use—acknowledgement. Let’s do that “little thing” extremely well! It turns out to be not so little!

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