One Thing Everyone Needs

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Photo Credit: thefathersdayquotes Flickr via Compfight cc

“Thank you!”

“I value your participation.”

“What an interesting idea – let’s follow up on that.”

“What do you think?”

We all want to be noticed, valued and to belong. A big fanfare is not always needed, but those moments of quiet recognition that say, “I see you, and you are valued” are powerful.

When people feel as if no one cares they become disengaged and then cynical. That’s harmful for them and bad for the organizations they work for.

We all need to take responsibility to help others belong.



2 Responses to “One Thing Everyone Needs”

  1. Your post reminds me of a speaker that I heard talk many years ago. He said that people always email or write notes of complaint, but rarely “thank you’s.” That stuck with me, and now I make sure to say or send even a short note of thanks. Over the past few days, my teaching partner and I received a couple of lovely “thank you emails” from parents, and I think we were both reminded again of how powerful a few kind words can be.


    1. I agree, Aviva! Taking the time to connect with someone, however briefly, can make a world of difference.

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