I’m one of those people who has long to-do lists and have taken deep satisfaction in my ability to get things done. While this has served me well over my career, it also has a down side. I sometimes forget to take time to celebrate accomplishments before racing off to tackle the next project.
In reinforcing the new normal, I know that it is absolutely critical for leaders to take time with their teams to recognize progress in a change effort and celebrate milestones. As a result, I know that I have to be more deliberate about scheduling time to pause and celebrate. I’ve found that celebrating accomplishments not only helps to acknowledge my team’s efforts, but it continues to build good relationships among my team.
Last month, my team and I celebrated our accomplishments with a boat ride on the St. Croix River. It was a cold, blustery day in September that felt more like November, but it was a great way to say thanks to my team and recognize their hard work over the last year.
What can you do to celebrate?