Go APE for your teamates [bosses, peers, subordinates]:
A – Acknowledgement. Make a big deal out of everything your teammates do good. They love acknowledgement. Show excitement, say their name, acknowledge even when you are the one who rightfully should be acknowledged.
P – Praise. You want to attack your teammates. Don’t just say nice things, attack, make a big deal about it. When you praise your teammates and tell them you love them they will do anything for you.
E – Encouragement. You have to be the first person to recognize someone who is struggling. You must tell them after a bad play [deal, work failure, etc] that they are a great player and you are going to give it to them on the next play to score.
The APE ratio is 6:1. Give someone six APEs and then give one suggestion and they will take it better.