Celebrate Good Times!

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

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.

Why celebrate?
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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