Over the last few weeks we’ve looked at three different priceless practices for new team leaders – Connect with People, Create Team Building Environments, and Craft a List. Each practice moves you further along in building relationships with your people and establishing clarity to know what to tackle next. It’s important to note that as you work to institute these ideas, you will have to manage the tension of wanting to move faster in order to get things done vs. going slower to build the right relationships that will carry you farther.

Today we will hit our last practice, which is probably the most fun of the four!

Celebrate Victories

Every weekend in the fall, if you listen to any sort of press conference surrounding the NFL, you hear these words, “It’s hard to win in the NFL.” Teams do everything they can to win each week. Regardless of record, anyone can win a game on any given Sunday. Nothing is guaranteed. This idea in professional football is a microcosm of leading an organization. When your team wins, it’s a big deal. Unfortunately, we run at such a pace that we struggle to stop to celebrate. It costs time, and sometimes money, but the moment you get past a hurdle the next one is on its way.

Why is it important to celebrate victories? When you accomplish a win, people need to know that you appreciate their effort. Most people work hard, but it’s worth it when you can take a moment to stop, recognize their accomplishment, encourage, and thank them for a job well done. Even the smallest wins can leave the greatest impact if you choose to celebrate them.

Think of it as a mathematical relationship:

Celebrating Victories = Recognizing Effort.

Take celebrating seriously and you’ll see a heightened sense of intensity, urgency, and overall focus.

When you accomplish a win, people need to know that you appreciate their effort. Most people work hard, but it’s worth it when you can take a moment to stop, recognize their accomplishment, encourage, and thank…

I’ve celebrated victories by awarding things as simple as a series of days where my team can casually dress to buying them lunch. With bigger accomplishments, I’ve done things like buying office lunches, team dinners at nice, high-end restaurants, tickets to sporting events, vacation days, and over-the-top Christmas parties. With each type of celebration, our team felt encouraged to keep driving forward.

As we wrap this series up, and you find yourself on the front end of being a new team leader, give these four priceless practices a shot:

  1. Connect with People
  2. Create Team Building Environments
  3. Craft a List
  4. Celebrate Victories

When you utilize each one, watch your leadership, influence, and team dynamics kick into high gear as you strive to reach a new level together.

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