Meaningful Celebration (Achievement Nudge about Continuous Improvement)

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Last Updated on May 3, 2024 by Bill Truby

Would you like to learn how to party with a purpose? I’ll show you how to do that AND improve yourself in the process! (I suppose now I have the attention of my party animal friends).

Achieve Continuous Improvement through Meaningful Celebration

For years, we have been teaching leaders how to promote continuous improvement in their staff by conducting a “meaningful celebration process.” The process has four parts.

But the process applies to more than just business teams. It can also apply to sports teams or community groups, even individual achievements. This Nudge is your excuse to PARTY – and get better when you do. Following are the four parts of a meaningful celebration.

1. The “Party Factor”

This is the part where you plan something fun that you, or a team of people, can look forward to experiencing once the goal is achieved. Notice, you LOOK FORWARD to this. It’s not a surprise. You don’t just stop and say, “We’ve been working hard. Let’s party!” Though you may DO that from time to time, it is not a part of your “meaningful celebration, continuous improvement” process.  Also, make the Party Factor something congruent with the effort. It could be a free pizza lunch or a Caribbean cruise, depending on the level of achievement.

2. Recognition and Appreciation

During this part of the process there are thank you notes written, acknowledgements given, and recognition expressed for those who were a part of making the achievement happen.

3. Learning – What went well? What didn’t go well?

This is the learning part of the celebration process. Asking, “What went well?” helps you understand the success so you can repeat it. If you’re successful and don’t know how you were successful, you’re not good; you’re just lucky. And, of course, asking “What didn’t go well,” enables you to understand what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how to prevent the same mistake from happening again.

4. Transfer the Learning

After you have learned about your successes and mistakes and how they happened, you can help others by transferring that learning to people who can benefit. In a company that has a team of teams, the entire company gets better as each team builds off of another team’s successes and learns how to avoid their mistakes. With individual achievements, it is a meaningful gift to share with others how they can be successful too…and how they can avoid making your mistakes.

This simple process is fun, yet holds a power to propel you, or a team of people, beyond a current achievement to an even greater one.

Note: The Party Factor doesn’t have to come first. One company we worked with did that part SO well, they had to do it AFTER the other three parts. If they partied first, they would have never remembered the other three parts.

Bill Truby

Founder and President of Truby Achievements