To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate, That is the Question

Casey White ·

As I sit down to draft this blog, it’s a very exciting time for our family. My wife is pretty amazing, and she’s got a pretty cool gig as a Division 1 Field Hockey coach at a local University. Right now, she and her team are preparing for the first round of the NCAA field hockey tournament and hoping for great postseason success.

As I reflect on the team’s accomplishments so far this season, I find myself thinking deeply on the concept of “celebrating success.”

Let’s start things out with a few quotes on the topic of celebrating success:

“Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.” - Mia Hamm

“Until further notice, celebrate everything.” - Anonymous

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” - Oprah Winfrey

“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated.” - Osho

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” - Tom Peters

In terms of business, what is your organization doing to recognize and celebrate success?

Of course we know that it’s important to continuously strive for improvement and greatness – to chase big goals and elevate the bar. But I encourage you to take good care of your organization and your employees by slowing down to recognize little and big wins throughout the year. Celebration is often a critical component to developing hardworking employee engagement and retention plans. Here are a few questions to consider as you evaluate organizational activities and strategies designed to recognize and celebrate success.

Do we have values, guidelines, and/or goals in place that help us to recognize what success looks and feels like?

  • How are we celebrating the little milestones that make up the larger goals?
  • What formal and informal recognition and celebration strategies do we have in place?
  • What peer-to-peer systems exist?
  • Have we asked our employees for feedback and suggestions?
  • How are we celebrating and embracing failure?
  • Is our company a great place to work?

And as the end of the year approaches, let’s commit to one another to invite a moment of pause into our personal lives as well. Let’s close out 2017 with a bit of personal celebration. Here’s a sample blueprint:

  1. Reflect on your year
  2. Challenge yourself to identify 3 successes
  3. Take pride, and share these successes with someone you care about
  4. Celebrate intentionally

As we welcome 2018, may we take with us all the learning experiences – both successes and failures – from the past year to shape and plan for a prosperous year ahead.