Saturday, January 5, 2019

Daily Devotion: A Tip About Praise and Rebukes

Bible Reading: Proverbs 3:27-32

Key Verse: Verse 27 – “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

Key Words: Withhold not good from them to whom it is due

One of the things I strongly recommend for our staff is to praise publicly and reprimand privately.

Admittedly, there are times when correction must be done instantaneously, and there is no recourse other than to correct one in front of others. But if a public reprimand can be avoided, it’s best to avoid it.

The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, was not an easy man to serve under. He was brilliant, demanding, and not one to shower his subordinates with compliments. Yet even Wellington realized that his methods left something to be desired. In his old age a young lady asked him what, if anything, he would do differently if he had his life to live over again. Wellington thought for a moment, then replied. “I’d give more praise,” he said.

Everyone needs recognition for his accomplishments, but few people make the need known quite as clearly as the little boy who said to his father. “Let’s play darts. I’ll throw and you say ‘Wonderful!’”

What to do:
✞ Remember, he who praises in public and reprimands in private gains respect from all.

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