Compliment Reception

You can respond in one of three ways when you receive a compliment.

  1. You can play the “humble” card and pass off the credit to someone else, or deflect back a compliment to the giver.
  2. You can respond negatively with cynicism and pessimism and just be a jerk about it.
  3. You can simply say “thank you” and smile with gratitude and care.

Only one of these options helps create a culture where you call out each other’s strengths and compliments are both encouraged but also accepted.

2 comments

  1. Shelvia

    Curiously, is the humble card so bad? Share the win around?

    1. Rick

      Great point, Shelvia, and thanks for stopping by!

      I think that being humble is necessary, but when it’s the default action when you receive a compliment, people will get the point that you don’t like compliments, or that they’re not welcome in your space. If it’s honestly a team effort, and you want to spread out the credit, I think that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I still believe you need to acknowledge the compliment.

      “You know, it was really a team effort and I didn’t do that much” is much different than “Thank you. I appreciate it a lot. I would also be remiss to acknowledge the rest of my team, who really pulled through on this one.”

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