Is it Spring in your business? Celebrating small victories

Can you see the bird?

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris,
I wonder where the boidies is
The boid is on the wing,
But that’s absoid
From what I hoid 
The wing is on the boid!

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The rains are falling and the sun is (occasionally) out. One can almost hear the grass growing and the gardens breathing a sigh of relief. (A modern take on the above verse is: ‘Spring has sprung, the grass is ris, I wonder where the lawnmower is.)

Spring is a beautiful place to be. We are not out of the Covid-19 woods yet, so masks and sanitising and physical distancing are still critical, but we can enjoy ourselves.

What about your business?

When things are rough, it’s easy to miss the signs of Spring. We still have far to go, and the pressure is on everyone to perform. As a result, we are so focussed on what has to happen and what should be avoided that we often fail to see what has been achieved. But pressure cannot be maintained indefinitely.

That is why it is important to stop and celebrate any small victory you or your team have accomplished. Even getting to this side of Covid-19 lockdown (though battered and bruised) is something to celebrate. Take a breather; stop to see how far up the mountain your have come.

Richard Branson talks about having fun at work. It’s not about acting stupid but about how you feel when things are working well. If something is working out, celebrate it — with your team. Nothing elaborate. High fives will do it. Stretch it to coffee and pizzas if you can.

How are you celebrating small victories? Share in the comments below.

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Ian Webster

From Methodist minister to Customer Relations manager in a computer bureau to HR Manager in a newspaper printing and publishing company. Now focussing on training and developing people, people-management consulting and writing and editing.

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