People may not expect to be acknowledged for just “doing their jobs” or minding their responsibilities, but having one’s efforts noticed is a wonderful pick-me-up and incentive to continue doing well. Umlas makes the point that people can also be acknowledged by being asked for help or advice. Just as she provides methods, she explodes myths.
The Power of Acknowledgement includes a list of people the reader could acknowledge and suggestions on how to do so. The process is simple and you really can “make someone’s day.” My only concern with the recommendations is the strong-arming of someone who is not comfortable being affirmed. If someone is shy or does not like being the focus of attention, that should be respected. For many of us, it does feel good when our efforts are appreciated and our talents are recognized; but for a few, notice can be excruciating.
The Power of Acknowledgement is based on the author’s experiences and observations. Many of her ideas have been discussed at length elsewhere, and she provides a brief bibliography. The concepts are endorsed by common sense; we feel that they are valid because they feel right.
There is nothing startling in The Power of Acknowledgement, but it contains good advice that is worthy of reflection. Would the world be better if everyone felt better? Maybe that’s too much of a simplification, but I’ll bet my world would be better if everyone in it felt good about themselves. Requiring such a negligible contribution, it’s worth a try.
Bottom Line: Would I buy The Power of Acknowledgment? No. Although the author gives a valid argument, I just never find myself in the self-help section. Maybe that’s my problem.