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Public versus Private Praising

If we never recognize accomplishments publicly, we may lose many teachable moments. Let me give an example: My two best athletes, who are also my hardest workers on the team, are staying after practice to work on a particular skill I have asked them to do. I did not ask them to stay after practice-they just are. The superstars were self-motivated to improve their performance. They did not need a coach to bring them to this point. But when I gave those athletes public recognition prior to the start of practice the next day, how many more athletes soon found time to stay after practice a little longer and work on their game? Eventually, I had to start running our players off the playing field so that the next team could get on the field. Without this avenue of public praise, the impact would have been much more limited.