inspirational quotes for employee appreciation

17 Inspirational Quotes for Employee Appreciation

These inspirational quotes are going to be a bit different than what you would think.

It’s not going to be a bunch of RA-RA cheerleader stuff…hell no.

These quotes focus on building relationships that will raise performance and SHOW employees that you appreciate them. Not just some words that say it.

Let’s get right to it…

Top 3 Inspirational Quotes for Employee Appreciation

  1. The key to performance isn’t about trying push new conversations about strategy in, but rather clearing out the clutter.-Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
  2. If you aren’t in over your head, then how do you know how tall you are? -T. S. Eliot
  3. Notice the difference between asking ‘Can I do this?’ And, ‘How am I going to do this?’Keep reading for the full list of all 17 Inspirational Quotes for Employee Appreciation…

How To Use These Quotes

These quotes are INSPIRATIONAL in that the goal is to inspire the employees to think for themselves, solve problems, and exploit opportunities!

They are not about cheering people on…

I call that kind of feedback MOTIVATIONAL because you’re trying to motivate people to try harder.

To use these inspirational quotes, you need a few things to be set up already:

  • Strong business relationships
  • Team of motivated individuals
  • Respect from the team

Let’s take a quick look at each of these…

Why Do You Care In the First Place?

Why do you want inspired employees and why do you want to show them appreciation?

If the answer is…

  • Morale is low
  • They don’t seem motivated, or
  • There’s a rumor that you don’t appreciate your employees

…then we’ve got bigger issues to tackle my friend!

So, listen closely…

The Toughest Work a Leader Can Do

There is no number of inspirational quotes to fix a dysfunctional relationship with an employee.

And fixing a strained relationship is the toughest work that a leader will ever have to do!

Before venturing any further I suggest you read this post. It’s about how impactful a leader’s words can be, for the better and for the worse!

When your relationships with your employees are all healthy, they begin to resemble more of a partnership.

If that describes your connection with your team, then we’re on the right track!

Before we talk about the inspiration quotes for employee appreciation, some food for thought…

Leaders Don’t Motivate, They Inspire

If your employees aren’t motivated, you’re going to need more than some badass quotes.

Here’s why…

Motivation = The Desire to Try
Inspiration = Feeling or Seeing the Leader’s Vision

Maybe you do the hiring, maybe you don’t…but this BONUS QUOTE cuts to the bone:

“If you want motivated people you have to find them, not motivate them.”

Let’s break that down a tad…

So, Why Can’t I Motivate?

Face it, you just can’t motivate someone.

I know, that’s not a very popular take, but it’s true, and here’s why…

It’s the employee’s responsibility to bring the motivation to you. This would mean they are SELF-MOTIVATED.

From there you can inspire, by helping them pinpoint their dreams and goals, and then pushing them to achieve those goals by teaching, training, holding them accountable, and following up on progress.

I actually have another BONUS QUOTE that I like to use to make this point…

“I’d rather inspire my varsity team to championships than motivate my JV team to try”

If they don’t want to try, you’re going to waste your time!

That’s why I say that leaders don’t motivate, they inspire.

OK one last thing…

Before we get to the list of inspirational quotes for employee appreciation, I’ve got one last thing that I want to touch on, and that is R E S P E C T.
(high five if you spelled that out like the song)…

People Work for People

How Much Do Your Employees Respect You?

People work for people.

That means when someone quits, they didn’t quit the company, THEY QUIT YOU. This is true 80% of the time.

Tough to hear? Find yourself getting defensive?

Sure, there are employees that quit that weren’t a good fit and are better off leaving, but a majority of them quit the leader, not the organization

More food for thought: That’s STILL the leader’s fault for hiring the wrong person!

Check out THIS oldie but goodie (which is actually the 1st thing I ever published to the internet!) about garnering more respect from your team.

OK, OK…And now, without further adieu…

17 Inspirational Quotes for Employee Appreciation

The key to performance isn’t about trying push new conversations about strategy in, but rather clearing out the clutter. -Book: 3 Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
This is one of my favorite quotes because in business, we almost always look to ADD when we want to affect performance, yet most often we need to REMOVE so we can focus on what’s important.

 

There are no bad teams, only bad leaders. -Jocko Willink
This one is in here because it’s all about ownership. If you have employees that feel under appreciated, or uninspired, you need to own up to your mistakes before you can move on. This is in direct correlation with the 1st quote, as that “clutter” COULD be gossip about you!

 

Notice the difference between asking ‘Can I do this?’ And, ‘How am I going to do this?’ -Book: Will it Make the Boat Go Faster? By Ben Hunt-Davis and Harriet Beveridge.
In both questions there is an unsure nature of how to start, but one comes with confidence and the other communicates doubt and fear.

 

Many people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions. -Charles H. Brower
This quote is perfect for a time when a teammate is complaining about a process and not adding any value to the situation.

 

Tough times don’t last forever. Tough people do. – Robert H. Schuller
Great 
quote for showing appreciation when an employee as working super hard, or the work gets super hard. (Busy season, corporate visit, high pressure deadline, etc.)

 

If it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing wrong. What holds us back is fear of failure. Just try…go…fail, and then adjust!! -Joe Calloway 
Joe wrote the book Be the Best at What Matters Most and it’s a book that I suggest. This quote means that if you’re going to screw up, do it with 100% conviction. I’d rather see an employee comitted to their dream and do it wrong, than do nothing at all.

 

Most people have a desire to look for the exception instead of a desire to be exceptional. -John Maxwell, 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
One of the most important leadership books ever written, and a quote that speaks volumes. Most people would rather find the excuse or reason they failed instead of working to be a success.

 

No matter how bad things are, you can always make them worse.
This is a funny one because it’s a positive statement said in a negative way. It’s a great reminder that things really aren’t that bad, even when they seem desperate. Stop worrying and go fix it!

 

If you aren’t in over your head, then how do you know how tall you are? –T. S. Eliot
The reason I LOVE this quote so much is because I’m a hustler. I like a lot on my plate and when I’m not working like a maniac, then I ask for more. You can’t grow unless you’re pushed!

 

Your abilities say win. What does your attitude say? -Nick Glassett (me!)
Smart, driven, and talented means nothing when the person is negative and toxic!

 

The essence of competitive advantage is doing different things, and doing things differently. -Book: 3 Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
This is a great reminder that when “they” zig, you’ve got to zag! And the second quote from this book (it’s that good of a read, I suggest it to all leaders!)

 

Short term easy means long term difficult and short term difficult means long term easy. -Book: Take The Stairs by Rory Vaden
This is a discipline quote. Do what’s easy now, and you’re going to have to kill yourself later to catch back up. Do what’s hard now, and you’ll be ahead of schedule.

 

Successful people do what others don’t want to do and they in turn get extraordinary results. -Book: Take The Stairs by Rory Vaden
Another one from Rory! I call this, The Winning Formula: Do the things that cause winning. Simple, but not easy. It’s the studying, the practice, the rehearsal, and the work that causes great things to happen.

 

Get good at being a trouble maker and saying sorry when you really screw up. –Book: 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
This may seem like an odd quote to tell your employees…after all, you don’t want trouble makers do you? I don’t just say yes, I say HELL YES. It’s an empowerment and a trust thing. Nothing communicates “I trust you” like this Tim Ferriss Quote.

 

Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is taking action in the presence of fear. – David Cunningham, Landmark Forum Leader
I heard this when I did the incredibly powerful Landmark Forum, and I use it often. Anytime there is a situation that has one of my teammates nervous, this quotes causes action to take place (especially public sharing at a meeting).

 

Find the sense of who you are, then it will translate into an ease and confidence in how you come off to others. -Unsure of where I got this from
I firmly believe that when you help people be themselves, and not some “improved” or different version is when you truly get inspired action!

 

Change what you do so you can change how you feel. -Nick Glassett (me)
When people are failing, you would thing they would change what they are doing, but they don’t. Instead they double down and try harder instead of trying something else.

Put in the Time With the People

So there you have it, 17 of my favorite inspirational quotes for employee appreciation.

Many of them are different than your ordinary, optimistic, cheerleader stuff.

I hope you enjoyed it, and would love if you dropped a comment with your opinion and if you used any of these 🙂

Thanks,

-NG

 

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

19 Impactful Quotes from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

John Maxwell is the undoubted leadership expert.

His timeless book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” has sold over 1 million copies!

The book’s well written stories guide you through the 21 laws and teach you how to apply each to your life. Along the way, there are many memorable quotes!

Here I have assembled…

19 Impactful 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership quotes.

“People don’t care what you know until they know what you care.”

“You can’t move people to action unless you first move them with emotion…. The heart comes before the head.”

“Leaders Who Attract Followers . . . Need to Be Needed.
Leaders Who Develop Leaders . . . Want to Be Succeeded”

“Attitude is one of the most contagious qualities a human being possesses.”

“Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.”

“Always touch a person’s heart before you ask him for a hand.”

“It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position.”

“Leadership is influence-nothing more, nothing less.”

“What is your personal plan for growth?”

“The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others.”

“What you attract is not determined by what you want. It’s determined by who you are.”

Check out our Chapter Summary of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

“To add growth, lead followers – To multiple, lead leaders.”

“Someday people will summarize your life in a single sentence. My advice: pick it now!”

“Improvement is impossible without change.”

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“There are no Lone Range leaders. Think about it: if you’re alone, you’re not leading anybody are you?”

“Only you reach your potential as a leader do your people have a chance to read their potential.”

“Enlarging others makes you larger.”

Check out the complete 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership List.

“To push people down you have to go down with them.”

“Leaders always find a way to make things happen.”

-NG

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Chapter Summary

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Chapter Summary

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Chapter Summary.

Here is the complete 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Chapter Summary. The summary contains the tagline for each of the 21 Laws, as well as a short excerpt on each.

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership list
A copy of the timeless leadership book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell

When it comes to Leadership, there is one man that is highly regarded as THE expert. His name; John Maxwell. His timeless book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” is one that has had a profound impact on many lives, including my own.

Maxwell’s well written stories and examples will guide you through a period of great personal growth. You will learn about a Law that falls within your natural strengths, and as a result it allows it allows you to improve upon that skill set. You will also learn about Laws that you may often overlook thus allowing you to spot an area of weakness, and therefore shore up that “blind spot”.

The premise of this 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership chapter summary is there are 21 “Laws” that are universally true no matter what area of society you are a leader in. The book covers one law per chapter. Here we review each quickly with a 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership chapter Summary.

Here is the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Chapter Summary.

  1. The Law of the Lid
    -Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness
    Brothers Dic and Maurice came as close as they could to living the American Dream-without making it. Instead a guy name Ray did it with the company they had founded. It happened because they didn’t know the Law of the Lid.

  2.  The Law of Influence
    -The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence – Nothing More Nothing Less
    Abraham Lincoln started with the rank of captain, but by the the the war was over, he was a private. What happened? He was a casualty  of the Law of Influence.
  3. The Law of Process
    -Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day
    Theodore Roosevelt helped create a world power, won a Nobel Peace Prize, and became president of the United States. But today you wouldn’t even know his name if he hadn’t known the Law of Process.
  4. The Law of Navigation
    -Anyone can Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader to Chart the CourseUsing a fail-safe compass, Scott led his team of adventurers to the end of the earth – and to inglorious deaths. They would have lived if only he, their leader, had known the Law of Navigation.
  5. The Law of Addition
    -Leaders Add Value by Serving OthersWhat kind of Fortune 500 CEO works on a folding table, answers his own phone, visits hourly employees as often as possible, and is criticized by Wall Street for being too good to his employees? The kind of leader who understands the Law of Addition.
  6. The Law of Solid Ground
    -Trust Is the Foundation of LeadershipIf only Robert Mcnamara had know the Law of Solid Ground, the war in Vietnam – and everything that happened at home because of it – might have turned out differently.
  7. The Law of Respect
    -People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than ThemselvesThe odds we stacked against her in hot about every possible way, but thousands and thousands of people called her their leader. Why? Because they could not escape the Law of Respect.
  8. The Law of Intuition
    -Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership BiasHow does Steve Jobs keep reinventing Apple Computer and taking it to the next level? The answer can be found in the Law of Addition.
  9. The Law of Magnetism
    -Who You Are Is Who You AttractHow did the Confederate Army – understaffed and under equipped – stand up so long to the powerful Union Army? The Confederates had better generals. Why did they have better generals? The Law of Magnetism makes it clear.
  10. The Law of Connection
    -Leaders Touch a Heart Before Ask for a HandAs the new leader, John knew that they most influential person in the organization could torpedo his leadership. So what did he do? He reached out using the law of Connection.
  11. The Law of Inner Circle
    -A Leader’s Potential Is Determined by Those Closest to HimLance Armstrong is hailed as the greatest cyclist who ever lived. People credit his toughness. They credit his brutal training. What they miss is the Law of the Inner Circle.
  12. The Law of Empowerment
    -Only Secure Leaders Give Powers to OthersHenry Ford is considered an icon of American business for revolutionizing the automobile industry. So what caused him to stumble so badly that his son feared Ford Motor Company would go out of business? He was held captive by the Law of Empowerment.
  13. The Law of the Picture
    -People Do What People SeeEasy Company withstood the German advance at the Battle of the Bulge and dashed Hitler’s last hope for stopping the Allies’ advance. They were able to doit because their leaders embraced the Law of the Picture.
  14. The Law of Buy-In
    -People Buy into the Leader, Then the VisionThey freed their nation by passively protesting, even when it cost them their lives by the thousands. What would inspire them to do such a thing? The Law of Buy-In.
  15. The Law of Victory
    -Leaders Find a Way for the Team to WinWhat saved England from the Blitz, broke apartheid’s back in South Africa, and won the Chicago Bulls multiple wold championships. In all three cases the answer is the same. Their leaders lived by the law of Victory.
  16. The Law of the Big Mo
    -Momentum Is a Leader’s Best FriendThe two-minute film was meant to show off the power if the company’s animation technology. What it did was engage the power of the Big Mo – leading to Billions of Dollars of revenue.
  17. The Law of Priorities
    -Leaders Understand That Activity Is Not Necessarily AccomplishmentThey called him the wizard. His priorities were so focused that if you give him a date and time, he can tell you exactly what drills his players we performing and why! It won him ten championships. What can the Law if Priorities do for you?
  18. The Law of Sacrifice
    -A Leader Must Give Up to Go UpWhat would you give up for the people who follow you? This leader gave his life. Why? Because he understood the Law of Sacrifice.
  19. The Law of Timing
    -When to Lead Is As Important As What to Do and Where to GoLeaders at every level dropped the ball: the mayor, the governor, the cabinet secretary, ad the president. to one of the understood the potential devastation that can come when a leader violates the Law of Timing.
  20. The Law of Explosive Growth
    -To Add Growth, Lead Followers – To Multiply, Lead LeadersIs it possible to train more than a million people around the globe? It is if you use leader’s math. That’s the secret of the Law of Explosive Growth.
  21. The Law of Legacy
    -A Leader’s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession
    What will people say at your funeral? The things they say tomorrow depend on how you live today using the Law of the Legacy.

That concludes the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Chapter Summary

The cover of John Maxwell’s book contains his most noteworthy 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership quote, which states, in regards to the laws, “Follow them and people will follow you.” Therefore the wisdom found in the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Chapter Summary will help shape you into a better leader, which will consequently cause a rise in your performance, whether you are a business leader, a teacher, an entrepreneur, or a non-profit.

John Maxwell makes the bold statement that, “Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership“, and there are many more like it packed into the pages of his classic book. Here I take you through 19 of the best 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Quotes.
I’ve got a post here that elaborates on each Law within the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership list.
If you want a different take on leadership, then check out the leadership teachings and wisdom of Former Navy SEAL Commander, and author Jocko Willink.

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership List

 

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership List for quick reference.

Here is the complete 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership List and the tagline for each of the 21 Laws.

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership list
A copy of the timeless leadership book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell

When it comes to Leadership, there is one man that is highly regarded as THE expert. His name; John Maxwell. His timeless book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” is one that has had a profound impact on many lives, including my own.

Maxwell’s well written stories and examples will guide you through a period of great personal growth, from reading about a Law that’s one of your natural strengths thus allowing you to improve upon that skill set, to learning about a Law that you may often overlook in turn allowing you to being able to shore up a vital weakness.

The premise of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is that there are 21 “laws” that are universally true no matter what area of society you’re a leader in. Each chapter of the book discusses one of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

Two important things of note regarding the language used by Maxwell;
1. These are “Laws”, not ideas or theories. John Maxwell is not suggesting that they are to be followed, he asserts them as LAW.
2. They are “Irrefutable”, hence to argue them would be pointless. Instead, embrace the Laws as you learn them, and you will be more successful.

Here is the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership list, and the tagline for each of the laws.

  1. The Law of the Lid
    -Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness
  2.  The Law of Influence
    -The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence – Nothing More Nothing Less
  3. The Law of Process
    -Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day
  4. The Law of Navigation
    -Anyone can Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course
  5. The Law of Addition
    -Leaders Add Value by Serving Others
  6. The Law of Solid Ground
    -Trust Is the Foundation of Leadership
  7. The Law of Respect
    -People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Theselves
  8. The Law of Intuition
    -Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias
  9. The Law of Magnetism
    -Who You Are Is Who You Attract
  10. The Law of Connection
    -Leaders Touch a Heart Before Ask for a Hand
  11. The Law of Inner Circle
    -A Leader’s Potential Is Determined by Those Closest to Him
  12. The Law of Empowerment
    -Only Secure Leaders Give Powers to Others
  13. The Law of the Picture
    -People Do What People See
  14. The Law of Buy-In
    -People Buy into the Leader, Then the Vision
  15. The Law of Victory
    -Leaders Find a Way for the Team to Win
  16. The Law of the Big Mo
    -Momentum Is a Leader’s Best Friend
  17. The Law of Priorities
    -Leaders Understand That Activity Is Not Necessarily Accomplishment
  18. The Law of Sacrifice
    -A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up
  19. The Law of Timing
    -When to Lead Is As Important As What to Do and Where to Go
  20. The Law of Explosive Growth
    -To Add Growth, Lead Followers – To Multiply Lead Leaders
  21. The Law of Legacy
    -A Leader’s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession

So there it is, the complete 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership List

As the cover about the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership states; “Follow them and people will follow you.” Therefore the wisdom found in the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership list will help shape you into a better leader, which will therefore cause a rise in your performance, whether you are a business leader, a teacher, an entrepreneur or a non-profit.

The one Law that you can’t miss from the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership list is #1; The Law of the Lid. It follows the story of brothers Dick and Maurice and how they came as close as they could to living the american dream-without making it. Instead a guy named Ray did it with the company they had founded. It happened because they didn’t follow the Law of the Lid.

John Maxwell makes the bold statement that, “Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership“, and there are many more like it packed into the pages of his classic book. Here I take you through 19 Amazing Quotes from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

I’ve got a post here that elaborates on each Law within the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership list.

If you want a different take on leadership, then check out the leadership teachings and wisdom of Former Navy SEAL Commander, and author Jocko Willink.

-NG