Celebrate the journey. It’s not all about the destination. Savor all of your successes, even the small ones.
– Dawn Gluskin
Finally, an improvement has been made. Perhaps a failure as well, but something has been learned. Both reasons to celebrate with your team. This is respecting the people that made it happen
A celebration can be as easy and small as a few words said in private or at the morning stand up meeting. Or it can be a lunch or a gift. Since you are now mindful and connected to your team and their needs and desires, or your own needs and desires, design the appropriate celebration. At my last company one of the favorite ways to celebrate was to present the success at the Quarterly Continuous Improvement Meeting. Improvements large and small were presented, shared, celebrated, and learned from.
Individual appreciation can be very powerful and, unfortunately, is often overlooked. A simple word of thanks to an individual, team, or entire organization is very motivational. Say it often whenever appropriate, but ensure it is also special. Specifically mention the activity, project, or behavior that is worthy of the thanks. Finally, make it timely by delivering it within a day after the occurrence that warranted the thanks. Be mindful of the individual and team characteristics, tailoring the message and delivery method appropriately.
I celebrate you for making it this far through this book! Congratulations! Now let’s grow even further.