The one thing all managers have 100% control over is recognition. Study after study report that recognition is either the #1 motivator or, at the very least, in the top five.
As children, we are recognition addicted. (“Mom, look at me!”) But we should not work to expect applause; rather we should be pleased to accept applause. When you work for “applause,” you are allowing others to determine the value of your work. When you accept applause, you are letting others recognize the value of your work.