All too often we focus on the things that are not going well. Paying more attention to giving praise and thanking people is a great way to boost a sense of connection, belonging and collaboration.
Different ways to put the emphasis on thanking and praising others.
At some point in a meeting ask: who wants to thank or praise someone in the team?
Introduce “good and/or new gatherings.” Each morning or once in a while hold a brief gathering called a “good and/or new gathering” where people say what is new and/or good in a few sentences, thanking whoever is responsible for the good and/or new things mentioned.
A day of thanking once a year: every team member receives a certain amount of money to do something good for someone s/he wants to thank. You gather for a half day, an evening or a day to share the stories about what you did for the person you wanted to thank. You could also do one story each team meeting.
When connection, positivity and energy is needed.