The Power of Praise!
The British novelist Arnold Bennett had a publisher who boasted often about the outstanding work of his secretary. Waiting on an appointment one day at the publisher’s office, Bennett approached her with a smile. “Your boss claims you’re extremely efficient,” he said. “What is your secret?”
“It’s not my secret,” the secretary said. “It’s his.”
She explained that the publisher never failed to acknowledge and appreciate every task she performed, no matter how routine or seemingly insignificant. Because of his attention and praise, she took great pains to deliver good work all the time.