Celebrate Good Times!
Virtually everyone loves to celebrate. Among good reasons to celebrate are winning and achieving goals. Typical to most cultures is celebrating weddings, births, graduating from college, retirement, birthdays and more.
Not so universally common is the celebration of delivering projects that deliver material value to organizations. And while completing a major project that benefits the organization and its stakeholders is worthy of much recognition, fanfare and celebration, it is amazing how little celebrating is done.
Could it be that organizations are hesitant to celebrate successful projects because they don’t believe in rewarding people for “just doing their job” or that there is no way to make the celebration inclusive enough (and thus they might leave some feeling left out)? To be honest, I really don’t know the answer, but I am guessing that the lack of celebrations is financially driven—that they are not planned and budgeted for.
Celebrating success is a way for organizations to emphasize what is important. Celebrations are a way to reward outstanding performance, whether operational or project related. Done correctly, celebrations can energize, focus and align teams and the overall workforce to push toward common and organization-benefiting goals.
However, to make celebrating and rewarding success effective, it
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