Back in episode 12 we introduced the 5 Love Languages, a foundational concept from Dr. Gary Chapman that helps us see how we and other give and receive love best.
It’s such a valuable tool, especially for business leaders, because it can allow you to really pour into your team members in ways that matter most to them.
In episode 19 we dove into Words of Affirmation, one of the easiest to employ and personally, one of my top two.
Today, we’re going to look at the love language of Gifts. This is about giving and receiving gifts.
As we mentioned in the overview, all of the love languages tend to resonate with us on some level, but some seem to fill our tank more than others.
The same is true with gifts.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to receive a gift (although, what the gift is and the meaning behind it can certainly come into play here).
But when it comes to people in your organization who would rate this at the top of their list, giving them a gift of some kind will matter even more than a word you could say to them or any of the other love languages.
Of course, if selecting a good gift or just giving gifts in general isn’t one of your strong suits, this could be a little tougher for you.
But it’s worth the effort to not only to identify who on your team Gifts ranks high with but also to learn better what kinds of gifts really resonate with them.
It could be an Amazon gift card to show appreciation for the work they’ve done. Or maybe something engraved or personalized. Or food. Or something else. Get creative.
And don’t think you have to nail it. If you’re willing to put some time into it, a gift doesn’t need to be expensive or super rare.
But people, especially those who are high Gift people, won’t soon forget that token of gratitude. It may not seem like much to you, but will mean the world to them.
So, why not take some extra time this week to think more about how you could show appreciation through gifts. Ask around or search online for ideas. Get creative. Put some heart into it. You won’t regret it.
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