Micro-progress detective

Celebrate success!’, we hear the management guru preach.

Intuitively, we feel obliged to pour some of that in the organisations and teams we work with. Preferably by gathering together outside the workplace with an informal team drink to a successful implementation, or by climbing together in ropes on a green location far enough from our offices. Hurray to achieving the last milestone of the prestigious project!

By ‘celebrate success’ often is meant: we get together when we reach a certain output, when the predefined goal is achieved, the moment a timeline is met that all of us have been waiting for. Celebrate something where as many team members as possible expended their energy in – the ‘thank you’ speech awaits us at the end of the road.

This ritualisation of success can be much, much richer.

Celebrating successes can be both process related (‘we’re on the way to reaching our goal’) ànd output related (‘we’ve reached our goal’) in nature.

What about doing interactive, intermediary success analyses with your colleagues every time you make progress towards a goal? When you gradually climb higher on the scale, 10 being the goal achieved as good as humanly possible, 1 its opposite?

Also when you’re climbing from 1 to 2 on the scale, or even micro-progressing from 4 to 4,25 towards what you want: do a success analysis with individual team members, with some of them, or with the whole team.

Constantly act as a progress detective and think how you can ‘catch’ people doing things better.

One of the benefits is that it will give you and your team members concrete inspiration for how to climb higher on your scale towards goal achievement.