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What’s in it for me? Learn the art of affirmation. 

How do you get the best out of people? Whether you’re a team leader, manager or a parent raising kids, the answer is deceptively simple: praise. That’s about more than merely complimenting folks, however – if you really want to help those around you fulfill their potential, you need to start speaking to their most cherished values and skills.  And that’s where affirmation comes in. Affirmation is all about creating a supportive structure that encourages people to act on their best instincts. Doing that, organizational psychologist Tim Irwin argues, is a skill much like others – it can be learned.  How? Well, in these readims we’ll be taking a look at affirmation in practice in a variety of settings. Drawing on the latest neuroscientific research, Irwin explains both the “why” and the “how” of affirmation as well as providing a wealth of actionable tips and tricks to help you become a more effective leader.  Along the way, you’ll find out:  why affirmation is much more effective than a simple compliment,  how to reinforce positive values and get the most out of your team, and  why yelling has long-term consequences for a child’s development. 

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