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There are many ways to recognize exemplary colleagues. Last week at Studer Education we sent handwritten thank you notes from our team to colleagues within our organization or team that made a meaningful contribution to the work that we do. Below is a photo of the card we sent to TeacherReady® program director Dr. Sarah Miller; her efforts and assistance were recognized by two colleagues within the education division.

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We recommend that leaders share handwritten thank you notes with their teachers and staff. The notes should specifically identify the behavior that was recognized by others or by the leader. In the video clip below, Drs. Karen Schulte and Steve Sperry from the School District of Janesville share how their district leaders utilize thank you notes to recognize colleagues.

 

Everyone likes to be recognized and rewarded when they do something good or are helpful. Take the lead and write a quick “thank you” to a colleague; let them know as one of our colleagues recently wrote, “you are a life saver!” or “you provide perspectives from the lens of the total organization, but focus on the individual in the process…” Thank you notes are one way to harvest employee wins. Write one today!

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Video clip is from a presentation by Dr. Karen Schulte, Superintendent, and Dr. Steve Sperry, Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources in the School District of Janesville, Wisconsin, at What’s Right in Education Atlanta. What’s Right in Education is an opportunity for educational leaders to connect with other high performing educational leaders, and discuss how to set board and superintendent measures and cascade those across all levels of leadership in the district; identify what “right” looks like in service excellence; and become part of a district leadership collaborative. Join us for the next What’s Right in Education on August 6, 2014, in Chicago, IL. To learn more and to register visit http://eblk12.com/evidence-based-leadership-excellence/.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.