EP. 07: THE “R” IN TEAMWORK IS FOR RECOGNITION AND REWARD

The more credit you give to others, the more you develop team spirit. It’s that simple. The Bible says, “Give honor and respect to all those to whom it is due.” (Romans 13:7, LB)

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Mingo Palacios:

What’s next in the full acronym is we’re making our way through teamwork. We’re on “R” right?

Carolina Corrales:

We are. For recognition. And I really love what Romans 12:10 has to say about this.

Mingo Palacios:

Okay.

Carolina Corrales:

It says, “Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves.” And I really liked that because I feel like, you know, we were having a conversation about this earlier about how when I first started serving, I wanted recognition, I wanted people to know, to see what I was doing. And I think as I’ve matured over the years, that just went away. And I feel like I should be recognizing others for their good work.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah. That’s good.

Carolina Corrales:

What they’re doing. It’s not that I don’t want to be recognized, it’s just that I understand the value that that provides for a volunteer or somebody new that needs to feel that recognition because I was there once.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah. That’s good. And it’s not that recognition is a bad thing, right? Scripture tells us, right. Proverbs 3:27, “Don’t withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to act.” I think recognition fits inside of that. That statement that if you see something great, recognize it, speak it, vocalize it because how often are you doing something where you’re wondering like, “Man, I wonder if this is doing good for the greater org?” And how much better it feels and we we’re talking just about our feeling like when somebody goes, “Hey, I saw you doing that and that was solid.” You know, recognition is one of the most powerful things we can use as a tool in ministry when it comes to how we operate inside and on teams.

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah. And I think what gets recognized gets repeated.

Mingo Palacios:

So true. Are you a parent?

Carolina Corrales:

I’m not.

Mingo Palacios:

But it’s really true. I think of like when we have kids, you reinforce by recognition the things that you really want to see exemplified and internalized with your kiddos. It’s the exact same with volunteers or team members that as leaders, as we continue to recognize the things that are superb on a team, you’re telling everybody else subliminally, “That’s the way we operate here” right? So if somebody is really encouraging, if somebody is being selfless, if somebody is going above and beyond, when you recognize those things, you’re really instilling that. That’s how you build culture inside of a team. If you’re wondering how.

Tyler Hofer:

Yeah.

Carolina Corrales:

Oh yeah.

Tyler Hofer:

And you know what’s interesting is that Carolina was talking about her own experience and her leadership where early on she wanted to be recognized for the things she was doing and as she’s matured, she passed that recognition on to others. And yet in that process, it’s like the catch 22, she became more recognized, more familiarized. Like, if come on to Torrey Pines campus, now people know who you are.

Mingo Palacios:

She is a celebrity.

Tyler Hofer:

You are recognized.

Mingo Palacios:

Can we just stop for the celebrity?

Tyler Hofer:

[laughing]

Mingo Palacios:

Are You Carolina? Oh my gosh.

Carolina Corrales:

[laughing]

Tyler Hofer:

So it’s like that faithfulness is being rewarded in other ways.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah. That’s good.

Tyler Hofer:

So there’s like, recognize has like that dual connotation to it.

Mingo Palacios:

It’s super good. And I do, I’m going to reaffirm the fact that you mentioned in your maturity as a believer, like there was a season when getting recognized was really fulfilling. But I do believe that like, as we continue to be seasoned leaders as we serve over time we really understand that there’s a value in recognizing other people. And I think that that maturity, it unpacks or it reveals itself that your value is not coming inside of what it is that you do; you’re not getting your value out of what you do early on, that it’s an association that’s A-ok, but you realize that your value comes from who you are in Christ. And so the value of getting recognition minimizes because you know the value of using it as a tool to say like Paul did, right, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” He’s saying if there’s an example to be celebrated, let’s go ahead and celebrate that. I think that it really is the key component in the idea of recognition or recognizing people for the good they bring to the team.

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah. And I think I feel like for anybody that’s watching, like just asking yourself that question, like, what gives, you know, how can we give each other more honor than we want for ourselves.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah.

Carolina Corrales:

What does that look like on our teams? What does that look like in, in life and our everyday life? Yeah.

Mingo Palacios:

And why do I want honor, right? Like why do I want to be recognized? So I think that is cool, like give each other more honor than you want for yourself. A great question for anybody serving on a team is, you know, what is the root reason why you want recognition? And that’s a great, that’s a maturing question to ask yourself. And it might be a great question to dialogue together as a team. Like when it comes to recognition, is that something that I’m trying to get, like am I trying to get fulfillment out of people seeing that I’m doing a good job or, we’ve talked about this as a team is, am I coming to the table full of recognition that Christ sees me as a child, a daughter, as a son, as a one who’s inheriting all that I’ve already like promised. And so I serve out of that fullness instead of serving out of a desire to be filled, you know?

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah, for sure. So just to recap-

Mingo Palacios:

Give me a good recap. Recognition.

Carolina Corrales:

Oh wait, hold on.

Mingo Palacios:

Pausing for pausing for the big recap moment. While you’re pausing, I will say this, I wrote this in my own notes that as leaders, whenever we recognize or we use the tool of recognition versus reprimand, the idea of saying like, “Hey, you really missed it there. If you can recognize something great out of somebody, even in the moment of reprimand where you’re having to like, correct some behavioral thing or something that was missed, you’re always going to earn a better response. So recognition over reprimanding, right? Point out what’s good, what you want to see happen over and over again. That’s in the same way I think about raising my child, right? You can reprimand a child over and over again, but you get such a better response when you draw out of them the thing that they’re doing well, they want to continue to do that well.

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah. I think just to recap something on recognition is that God can do great things through people who don’t care about getting the recognition.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah. It’s so true.

Carolina Corrales:

It’s huge. Like when you get to that mindset and you will eventually, you get more value in being able to recognize someone else.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah. It’s true.

Carolina Corrales:

And you just feel like you almost feel that. You feel that maturity.

Mingo Palacios:

Yeah. It’s funny because Carolina is talking about this and she doesn’t realize that she is like the perfect example of this whole recognition deal. Right? In one season, hoping to be recognized for a job well done. And then just as we recently pulled off a team night, she’s the one that’s dishing out recognitions.

Tyler Hofer:

Yeah.

Mingo Palacios:

Good job. Carolina.

Carolina Corrales:

Thank you.

Mingo Palacios:

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