The juggernaut starts to turn?

Last year’s scenes in Trafalgar Square, London after the Ashes were the latest sign of an important change. We’re learning to celebrate success.

When Simon Anholt and I spoke prior to the Rugby World Cup a few years ago, we talked about the national characteristics of the English. (I self-identify as being British and would love this to apply across the UK, but it doesn’t.) I pointed out that the English story is one of noble failure or, if we eventually triumph, edge-of-the-seat almost-disasters along the way. That story, like any organisational story, is like a magnet – it draws events to it. When events seem to differ from the story, human beings have an immense power to sabotage things – the story wins every time, unless consciously confronted.

One thing, however, is changing – something that could do with changing in most organisations as well. We are learning to celebrate our successes.

Why is this important? Because we put time and effort and so much more into achieving goals at work. Whether it’s preparation for a meeting, a major change programme or putting out the monthly newsletter, we work hard. And if we are to continue to work, we need to value our efforts for ourselves. Ideally our colleagues and bosses should value the efforts too, but let’s start where it’s most mportant.

Celebrate our successes. What have you done today that’s worth noting and celebrating?

I’ve updated this blog. I’ve dealt with the bank. Both things that I’d been putting off. But I’m going to note these successes. How about you?