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We took a few minutes to break down this idea with a quick discussion: https://twitter.com/admiredleaders/status/1654102784394907650?s=46&t=qJjlPM23c8XyG3qSZ0D9cQ

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I worked at a biotech company where the CEO Greg and the CHRO Pete were great at giving encouragement and encouraging the Sr. Executives to provide encouragement over praise. They referred to it as a 'tap on the shoulder'. I even received one once. I got a tap on the shoulder after spending months going through a slew of managers in a very short time period during an acquisition. It helped keep me going until things finally settled down and normalized (a bit).

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Please say more - It specifically downplayed praise for encouragement?

How does the metaphor work with the way it was named?

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It's subtle. It could be a phone call, a drop by their office, an unexpected invite to lunch. The message was like, I see you. The work you are doing is having an impact. I lot of 3rd party compliment stuff too. Like I said, they were really good at it and I believe they meant it.

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