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Stop Saying, "Good Job!"

Every parent wants to know: “How can I help my child build a positive self-image? Every manager wants to know: “How can I motivate my workers toward their strengths? In every marriage or relationship we want to know: “How can I communicate effectively to this person I love how great they are?” Most of us use some form of praise. But there is a problem with praise – It is so easy for the listener to doubt the sincerity, the motivation, or the knowledge of the speaker. Generic comments like “great job” are dismissed as meaningless no matter how genuinely they were intended. For example, you throw together a meal at the last minute composed of Minute Rice, canned soup, and some two day old

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