I'm sure that everybody agrees: We deliver our best results when we are highly motivated. And we become highly motivated when we, as individuals, feel valued and appreciated. But showing genuine appreciation doesn't come easily to everybody. The good news is it can be learned.
On my personal journey, Gary Chapman and Paul White’s book, "The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace", has proven very insightful. Three guiding principles have helped me a great deal.
In hindsight, it has taken me a while to understand how important appreciation is for motivation. If this resonates with you, start now.
Peter Eckes, PhD, President of BASF Bioscience Research and BASF North American Research representative, has 30 years of experience in the chemical and agricultural industries.
With experience in R&D, production and business management, he has focused on innovations throughout his career.
Peter completed his PhD in organic chemistry in 1990 at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and pursued his postdoctoral studies at the chemistry department of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He joined BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in 1992.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of their employer or the American Chemical Society.
Peter Eckes is President of R&D and Regulatory at BASF Agricultural Solutions.