4. Praise in private. You probably won’t need to do this often, but on that rare occasion when you just can’t get out of providing what the management books refer to as, “positive reinforcement”, just call the employee into your office and get it over as quickly as possible. You don’t even need to provide any details. Just a quick pat on the back and an “Atta boy” will suffice. And don’t even think about bringing it up in a staff meeting unless you want a mutiny. People are jealous and petty and you don’t want to cause any altercations. And, don’t worry if you are too busy to give that “Atta boy” right away. Sometimes it is good to make people wait. That way they don’t get overconfident.