Paul Hebert had a great post the other day at Fistful of Talent related to Simon Cowell of American Idol fame. I thought Paul's questions regarding the impact of negative feedback in a generally positive environment were thought provoking.
Included in Paul's thoughts? The theory that since Simon is a beacon of negative feedback in a sea of generally positive, nice thoughts - his feedback is actually the most important of any of the judges. I agree with that thought - who doesn't wait to hear what Simon has to say? I also believe that because Simon is usually negative, the rare occasions when he has something positive to say are among the most important in the show.
Go read Paul's post if you haven't already. Like now.
Paul's thoughts begged another question in my eyes. If a person is consistently, overwhelmingly positive in very real way, is the impact of positive feedback cheapened? Case in point, I was out in Phoenix in March for a Suns game, and after seeing it live, I can tell you that Steve Nash (guard for the Suns) is probably the most positive person I've ever seen. Even when he's not in the game, he's a cheerleader, laying out high fives everywhere.
Take a guess how many high fives Nash lays out in a game. Then, watch the video below to get the answer. Then, hit me with a comment if you think the elevated praise Nash lays out cheapens its affect. (thanks to TrueHoop for the tip to the video).