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Recognition w/ Swagga

Swagga! Physical! Dynasty! Cocky! Hegemony!

These are all words being used to describe the Alabama Crimson Tide football program. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “hegemony” as domination. The Roman Empire in the 4th century and the Genghis Khan’s Mongolian Empire in the 13th century are synonymous with world domination. Alabama football in the 21st century has just joined the list of historical world powers.

After dismantling Notre Dame in Monday night’s BCS Championship game alumni, fans, pundits, and historians alike are showing much-deserved reverence to Alabama, the Beautiful. The picture below shows just how boastful fans are over the 4th consecutive national champion crowned from the state.

welcome to alabamaCould this be perceived as a classless, braggadocious act? Absolutely not. Any organization would welcome members and supporters that recognize and celebrate high achievement.

What ever happened to the expression “go big or go home?” My experience is that some organizations either miss the mark completely or straddle the fence when it comes to celebrating success. Some measure the wrong things. Others lack a performance-driven culture where high quality work and top performance are truly recognized and shared. Even more have a formalized program in place but are far too reserved in their execution. Their idea of rewarding and recognizing success resembles more of a quiet golf clap. Shhhh!

Be extravagant. Be bold. Do it with swagga. Go all out and celebrate success and high performance to its fullest. Show the results. Share the success stories. Why is this important? It increases morale. It strengthens retention. It builds a winning culture. It drives performance. It delivers results.

While any form of recognition for achievement is impactful there are some simple things that are proven winners:

  • Go Public – Sending a message out to the universe or recognizing the achievement in real-time fashion with your organization has high impact.
  • Size Does Matter – Don’t just wait for the $1M deal. Small incremental wins add up to big gains in the end. Sweat the small stuff just as much as the mega deals and achievements.
  • Follow the Yellowbrick Road – The key learnings along the journey are really important. Recognize the progress (milestones) towards those BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goals).
  • It’s Personal – A “nice job” e-mail won’t cut it. Take the time to offer details on why the individual’s achievement was so special.

If you listen to Jim Rome’s radio show, aka The Jungle, you will hear the host talk about “Scoreboard” from time to time. It means take a look at the scoreboard…I got you. It’s not bragging. It’s about recognizing greatness when you see it and celebrating success. The Alabama football organization and its supporters get this. One of the greatest boxing champions of all time frames it out perfectly.

“It’s not bragging if you can back it up” ~ Muhammad Ali

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4 Comments on “Recognition w/ Swagga”

  1. B. Kuipers 01/11/2013 at 7:20 AM #

    Mr Mancini….you sir have swagga!

    • online college degrees 10/17/2013 at 11:42 PM #

      Slam dunkin like Shaquille O’Neal, if he wrote informative articles.

    • Darrel 11/06/2013 at 12:10 PM #

      I chose as my “post of the week” – it’s actually been a ptrety good week for me, blog-post-wise, but in limiting my “best of the week” to a single post, I chose this one because of the eventual subject matter. Still, if you have time, check out the posts since that one as well, as there are quite a number of things going on at this week (for a change).

  2. R Nuss 01/14/2013 at 7:27 PM #

    Well said Big Dawg!

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