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Our Favorite Recognition Quotes

There’s no doubt about it – recognition plays an important role in our lives every day, as is particularly important now more than ever. Recognition and appreciation are still absolutely vital to transform your employee’s job into his or her career. To quote Brad Federman, “Paychecks can’t buy passion.”  Check out the following quotes for a little inspiration on showing your appreciation to those around you, then drop your favorite quote in the comments below!


“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
– William James, American Philosopher


“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”
– John Maxwell, Author


“Treat employees like they make a difference and they will.”
– Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS Institute


“Being a leader is not about you. It’s about the people that are on your team and how you can help them be successful.”
– Susan Vobejda, CMO, The Trade Desk


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy Adams


“We rise by lifting others.”
– Robert Ingersoll, Author


“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.” 
– Bill Walsh, American Football Coach


“There are two things people want more than love and money — recognition and praise.”
– Mary Kay Ash, Founder of May Kay Cosmetics


“I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers, and that people flourish when they are praised.” 
– Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group


“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”
– Charles Schwab, Founder of Charles Schwab Corporation


“People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise, and rewards.” 
– Dale Carnegie, Author


“Realize that employees and the customers both have to be engaged, at the same time, to move your business forward for sustainable success.”
– Robert G. Thompson, Author


“Customers will never love your company if the employees don’t love it first.”
– Simon Sinek, Author and Motivational Speaker


“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
– Melody Beattie, Author


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
– John F. Kennedy


“If you can’t reward then you should thank.”
– Arabic Proverb


“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.
Veronica Roth, Author


“Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.”
– Zig Ziglar, Author and Motivational Speaker


“You’ll attract the employees you need if you can explain why your mission is compelling: not why it’s important in general, but why you’re doing something important that no one else is going to get done.”
– Peter Thiel


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