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GREAT EXPECTATIONS: “Pre-warding” Others

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to build self esteem that sustains your team. Reading time: 2:41.

Pygmalion, by French artist Jean Baptist Regnault, 1785.

      Forget rewards. Try “prewards” to motivate your troops.

     What’s a “preward?” Same as a reward except it’s presented BEFORE an expected behavior or performance.

          Consider General Douglas MacArthur in World War II. The day before a planned battle, he took off his own Distinguished Service Cross and pinned it on his battalion commander. “I’m confident you will earn that Distinguished Service Cross when you lead your men into battle tomorrow,” MacArthur predicted.

      Not if. When. He did. And they were victorious.

          A “preward” ups the ante in personal expectation to an act of faith in others that can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

         A “preward” can be something like the title or label you give to a group or an individual.

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