Podcast: Recognition and Celebration

April 14, 2022
  • Brent Stewart
  • Brent Stewart
    Digital Strategy & Content Leader at Barry-Wehmiller

As a leader, how often do you take the opportunity to celebrate one of the lives in your care?

And why do you do it? To motivate them so they’ll be more productive? Or because they worked tirelessly and exceeded a goal? Do you do it because there’s a measurable ROI for your company when you consistently recognize your people?

Is the carrot and stick approach really the right approach?

CEO Bob Chapman often says on this blog that if you simply use recognition as another management tactic, you’ll never experience its true value: knowing that you’ve touched the life of another person.

In Bob's book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, you can read about the creation of Barry-Wehmiller’s Guiding Principles of Leadership. But you’ll also read about how, once we embarked on our journey toward a people-centric culture, we soon realized that recognizing and celebrating our team members for their ideas, their dedication, and their leadership was fundamental to its success.

This podcast is an “audio-documentary” taking listeners through the creation and behind the scenes of our hallmark recognition program, our GPL SSR Award. You’ll get a sense of why recognition and celebration are important, not only to those who are recognized, but to everyone in your business.

Hopefully, it will inspire you to think about how you recognize and celebrate your people – if it’s about getting more out of them or about holding them up for their goodness.


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