It is important to receive recognition for doing good work. Based on research, 70% of people in the workplace do not feel appreciated or recognized enough. When we feel appreciated, we are more likely to be energized, engaged, creative, and productive while at work. To achieve this goal, I want to share the 5 languages of appreciation in the workplace.


Many of you have heard of the book The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman The book was designed to help couples and enhance intimate relationships. After conducting research in the workplace, an associate of Dr. Chapman, Dr. Paul White, decided to collaborate and create The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. In this book, the same 5 languages are used with a focus on the workplace.


Here are the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace:


1. Words of Affirmation – Giving a verbal or written appreciative statement to someone.

2. Acts of Service – Considering what can be done in the workplace to help others.

3. Quality Time – Listening well, asking questions, and giving undivided attention.

4. Tangible Gifts – These tangible items are given as a physical display of appreciation that the recipient can use to celebrate or enjoy a special experience.

5. Physical Touch – Although this can be a delicate area to explore at work, high fives, fist bumps, and handshakes are usually acceptable.


Use these 5 languages of appreciation in the workplace and rank them from your favorite to least favorite. Understanding your CliftonStrengths talent themes and weaving them in with your preferred language of appreciation is a powerful tool. Understanding your coworkers’ strengths will give you further insight into how they would like to be appreciated as well.


To explore more examples about the 5 languages of appreciation in the workplace, watch the full video. If you want more information on how to implement this tool within your organization, contact me HERE.

It is essential to stay consistent while beating burnout in the workplace. This is a topic that I have been helping leaders and organizations tackle for a long time. In fact, I wrote my first book in 2007 entitled Balance Matters: Turning Burnout into Balance.

The original term “burnout” was coined in the 1970’s by Dr. Herbert Freudenberger, an alcohol and drug counselor. He found that people struggling with addiction were using drugs to the point of becoming “fried.” Based on this observation, he coined the word Burnout. He then noticed that not only could burnout apply to people who struggle with addiction, but also to those who help them.

When Christina Maslach (another leading researcher of burnout) conducted her studies, she defined burnout as “a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment that can occur among individuals who work with people in some capacity.”

Based on her research, there are 3 components of burnout:


1. Emotional Exhaustion – a sense of emotional fatigue, heightened anxiety and fear

2. Depersonalization – disconnection from people

3. Reduced Personal Accomplishments – a feeling of deflation


To avoid burnout, take care of your mind and body. Learn, grow, and invest in yourself. And perhaps most importantly, continue to have healthy relationships and connect with other people, whether it’s 1-on-1 or in groups.

If you are interested in investing in your own professional coaching and personal growth, contact me HERE.

If you’re curious about how to create a business, or you work at a company and want to learn how to create more business development within your organization, you need to ask yourself one question: How entrepreneurial are you?

Today’s marketplace demand more of us. It requires us to be Thought Leaders. However, the scenario we must consistently revisit is how to be a dreamer and still execute all the goals and aspirations we have as entrepreneurs.

Today we will cover the top 10 talents that Gallup has measured for successful entrepreneurs. This research is based on Gallup’s book: Born to Build by Jim Clifton & Sangeeta Badal, Ph.D. Born to Build inspires entrepreneurs and ambitious, self-motivated people to build something that will change the world. Here are the top 10 talents that Gallup has discovered:

How Entreprenurial Are You

I hope you find value in figuring out how entrepreneurial you are. If you want to discover more about how your building talents rank, you can watch the full video. As hard-wired as these talents are, you need to view them as areas in which you can grow. For more insight into growing your CliftonStrengths and your skills as an entrepreneur, sign up for my Entrepreneur & Coaching Toolkit. This is a growing cache of tools and motivators I’ve developed to make you the builder you need to be in today’s market.


If you want training, workshops, or are interested in coaching reach out to me HERE.

It is important to know how effective and efficient you are with your time. Once you discover your time management style, the next step is to understand the challenges associated with your strength and how they can be refined to encourage productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness. There is a strong correlation between StrengthsFinder and time management styles.

There are 5 main styles of Time Management:

1 The Surgeon

    • Strengths: The Surgeon is a detail-oriented perfectionistic. They are very capable, reliable & do high quality work.
    • Challenges: They slow down or don’t finish projects because of this perfectionistic tendency.
    • Solution: Let go of perfection and seek excellence.

2 The Firefighter

    • Strengths: The Firefighter excels at crisis management. They are great under pressure and love problem-solving.
    • Challenges: If they treat all projects as urgent, it may delay them in completing important things. The focus is always on the fire ahead.
    • Solution: Prioritize time. Limit the time to what’s needed to complete their top 3-5 work activities.

3 The Ambassador

    • Strengths: The Ambassador is a high achiever. They are go-getters and they want to impress those around them.
    • Challenges: They work so much that they are not focused on people, self-care, or other important tasks of business-building. Ultimately, they burn out.
    • Solution: Learn how to delegate to others. They must find the right talent and the right people to free up time for them to focus on more important projects.

4 The Social Butterfly

    • Strengths: The Social Butterfly is a conversational person. They’re skilled at communication, love to connect with others, and are great collaborators.
    • Challenges: They are easily distracted by other people. They have fun, but fun is not everything.
    • Solution: Dump the distractions. Social Butterflies should go where they can be alone. That way they can focus and decrease the distractions around them.

5 The Surfer

    • Strengths: The Surfer is a procrastinator. They are great at researching, learning, and googling. They crave information and are constantly adding more ideas to their toolbox.
    • Challenges: They end up never finishing the big project because they’re chasing something else that is more exciting in the moment.
    • Solution: Put off procrastination. Learn how to schedule tasks that are important. Learn how to set small deadlines and do the most important project first.

One thing to note about the 34 different Strengths is that some of them will help you speed up like an accelerator, and some will slow you down. Learning how to regulate your strengths will help you be more productive and efficient with your time.

To learn more about how to evaluate your time management style as well as your strengths watch the full video. If you want training, workshops, or are interested in coaching reach out to me HERE.


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