Coffee Conversations Ep. 2: A Recipe for Recognition

Everybody wants to know that who they are and what they do matter.

That’s why recognition and celebration is one of our most abundant resources at Barry-Wehmiller. We recognize and celebrate people because we want them to know that they matter.

We all have a need to be recognized – not only at work, but at home. But, as a leader, how often do you take the opportunity to celebrate the lives in your span of care?

And why do you do it? To motivate them so they’ll be more productive? Or because they reached a goal? Is recognition an obligation because its expected of you? Are you just following the rules of a company program?

Or do you do it because it’s the right thing to do?

We often say on this blog that if you simply use recognition as another management tactic, you’ll never experience its true value: knowing that you’ve touched the life of another person.

On this episode of Coffee Conversations , one of our “chefs” in Barry-Wehmiller University, David Vandermolen, will walk you through a recipe for recognition. Hopefully, it will help you realize that this most important aspect of leadership is not only a satisfying meal, it’s good for you too!


Did you miss Coffee Conversations Ep. 1? Watch here.

Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.

1 Comment

  • Tom England says:

    Thanks for the clear message on recognition David. My most memorable and beneficial workshop ever was the communications skills class you taught long before BWI was formed. Please continue sharing you and your team’s wisdom with the world.

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