One of the most powerful things you can do to recognize someone on your team is to call them, thank them and say “You’re doing a wonderful job today, and I wanted to thank you. That’s it. I just wanted you to know, and for you to take the time to recognize it. Please know how much I appreciate your consistent work and positive attitude.” Do not add on a ‘to do.’ I know that’s tempting, for we as CEOs have a lot we want to accomplish! But just let the conversation rest in genuine appreciation. It’s one of the best ways you can thank someone — without agenda.