Each month at Eagle we celebrate our top performers. Their pictures are posted in all the offices, as CEO I call each of them personally to congratulate them on their achievement and to thank them for their efforts. I also send them a hand written card and they get some goodies as reward for a job well done. In order to get this award they need to achieve extraordinary success for the month, over and above just “doing their job”.
In previous blog entries I have talked about time management and goal setting techniques that involve rewarding yourself for meeting milestones, or objectives. A celebration of personal success. It can be as small as a special coffee or maybe leaving work a few minutes early … but celebrating can feel good.
In our culture we celebrate birthdays, although as we get older the celebration can become more a drowning of sorrows! We celebrate special holidays, weddings, births, anniversaries and any number of things.
It is a good thing to celebrate success, but sometimes the celebrations can be a little “funny”. This week we celebrated Canada Day and South of the border they are celebrating the 4th of July. Both of these are celebrations of the birth of nations … but as a Brit, that has to be a little “bitter sweet”. This was brought home by my son who, while spending some time with his British relatives decided to toast Canada day … while in Britain. It seemed a little irreverent to him to be sipping a pint to toast independence from England, while sitting in an English pub. No matter, he quickly “got over it” and enjoyed his drink!
So … I think the moral should be to seek out reasons for celebration. The best reasons for me are achievements … but it seems that there are many of us who don’t need a really good reason to celebrate, as long as it feels (or tastes) good!