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Kudos Cards
Little cards for recognizing great performance.

Recognition is the acknowledgement of performance.


How does a leader learn about someone’s performance?

Spontaneous Observation:

The leader sees the person perform. A leader who has a Kudos Card™ in his/her pocket can complete the card and give it to the person at that moment.

Non-Observed Discoveries:

[1] Someone tells the boss about the performance OR
[2] S/he realizes performance has occurred by noticing a difference in results.
In these instances the leader can complete the Kudos Card™ and give it to the performer at the next convenient opportunity.

Recognizing people for their efforts is one of the most effective methods of motivation.

Kudos Cards™ provide a fun, unique and inexpensive way
of providing that recognition.

Visit the Kudos Cards™ Store...and recognize your people's efforts today!



Giving a Kudos Card™ to thank or congratulate a person for his or her efforts initiates these thoughts for a Kudee*:

1.  “My boss knows who I am.”
One might say, well, of course the boss knows who each of his or her employees are. But recognizing people for their work provides acknowledgement beyond the basic employer/employee relationship. It is a powerful expression by the boss that the employee is a person, not just a worker. This acknowledgement nurtures and enhances the relationship. This recognition can be very refreshing for a worker because it is so often overlooked in today's workplace. While every boss may have many people who report to him or her, every worker has only one boss. And being recognized by the boss for performing well provides positive feedback for the worker and increases the chances of the worker performing the same way again.

2.  “My boss saw or realized what I did.”
The boss took time to notice what the worker was doing. Specifically, the boss either saw what the worker did [which means the boss wasn't in her/his office], the boss learned about the worker's performance from someone telling him/her [i.e. a customer or a co-worker] or the boss noticed a difference in the worker's results [an increase in sales, better customer satisfaction rating, fewer errors, etc.] Regardless of how, the boss actively and consciously noticed what the worker did.

3.   "My boss knows what I am supposed to be doing.”
To recognize someone for performing well, the Kudor** must know what the employee should be doing. The boss must have a conscious realization of what the worker should be doing. Providing recognition reinforces for the worker that his/her boss is cognizant of what the worker's duties are.

4.  “My boss realized that what I did was more or better
than what I am supposed to do.”

So, first the boss saw or realized what the Kudee did, secondly the boss knew what the worker was supposed to be doing, and thirdly the boss recognized there was a positive difference between what had been done and what was supposed to have been done. And...

5.  “My boss took time to tell me s/he noticed I performed
better than I was expected to perform or supposed to perform.”

After the boss realized there was a positive difference between the expected and actual performance of the worker, the boss told the worker that s/he noticed the difference. "I appreciate that the boss noticed...and said something to me, especially since quite often the only time the boss talks to me is when I make a mistake. I didn't think the boss noticed when I did things right. It makes me feel good...and better about the job I do. It also lets me know that what I'm doing is correct. It makes me feel proud."

6.  “My boss told me how my effort was beneficial to me and to the company.”
Not only did the boss say s/he recognized the positive difference, s/he explained how the effort made a difference for the company. S/he also explained how s/he believed I was learning new skills and performing better, which would help with my advancement in the company.

7.  "My boss told me how s/he appreciated what I did...

..and that s/he was wanted me to know how important it was to him/her that I performed that way.
I really feel good about that!"

8.  “My boss gave me this little Kudos Card! S/he took the time to write a note on the back explaining how appreciative s/he was for what I did and the date s/he gave it to me.”

Right after the boss saw and realized how the worker performed, the boss gave the worker a Kudos Card™. The boss wrote what the worker did and how appreciative s/he was of the worker's efforts. S/he signed and dated the card, smiled, and gave it to the worker. "This Kudos Card™ is very cool! And my boss gave me a little stand to display my Kudos Card™. I keep it on my desk. The whole experience was amazing!"


  *Kudee: person who RECEIVED a Kudos Card™.

**Kudor: person who GIVES a Kudos Card™.



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