A Wrist Award

The year was 2004 and my wife and I were on a fantastic sales incentive trip in Bermuda.  We had a great time (as you might expect).  But one of the unexpected highlights of the trip came when we were given the “Sales Leader” award by the company.  We were thrilled, to say the least.  Then, as one of the awards, we were given a watch. At the time I was excited about all of the recognition, and I put on the watch right away.  It became a symbol of that night for me.  I didn’t always think of that evening when I checked the time…but I often did!

A New Wrist Award

I am reminded of that because when I was recognized recently as a Rising Star in the Promotional Products industry, I was given a new watch!  The simple fact is, I was very excited.  I promptly took the old watch off (yes it was still the one from that night in Bermuda) and attached the new one to my wrist.

a Wrist Award

Maybe you think that some people don’t wear watches anymore.  “They have a phone for that!”  And maybe some people don’t.  But I don’t think watches are going away.  And more importantly, you should never pass up the opportunity to make your team feel this special.

If your organization would like to call out people or teams in a personal way, a watch might be the perfect award.  This might just be the award they wear on their wrist, every day.  I speak from experience when I say, “It is a powerful and positive reminder.”

If you want to say “thanks” for a job well done, then an everyday reminder is not a bad way to go.

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.