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Praise Out Of Season

“Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.” — Pearl S. Buck

You aren’t stingy with praise nor are you lavish with it. You are quick to recognize and acknowledge the successes and accomplishments of others but don’t confuse praise with simple good manners. Please and thank you and noting that someone did a good job or was helpful are not examples of praise. They are, rather, merely examples of good manners and are integral to your habitual deportment. Alternatively, praise is an intentional and thoughtful action which privately or publicly acknowledges and commends excellence. You reserve praise for exceptional or extraordinary performance, never missing an opportunity to praise when anyone meets that standard.

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