Last post we discussed the goal of getting free. This is a follow up to that, and another article I suggest you get your whole team to read. Another big part of getting free is celebrating the victories along the way. This reminds us we’re making progress and helps us weather the inevitable challenges.
Of course we want to recognize people whenever they break a new rank, crack a solid income goal, and develop a new skill. But make a BIG deal about getting free!
When someone wins a new bonus car, have a big ceremony on stage and present their keys to them. When someone finishes paying off their house, have a mortgage burning party. And when they leave their job, have a retirement party and make sure everyone in the area participates…
On the last day of a team member’s job, everyone from the team should be in cars waiting outside blowing horns, streamers on the antennae, cans tied behind like you do at weddings. Everyone at the new retiree’s job should be looking out the window wondering what all the racket is about. Then they sheepishly say something like, “Oh sorry, those are all my friends, here for my retirement party.”
If it is your spouse’s retirement, you should be in the front car, a stretch limo, waiting with the door open and three or four dozen red roses on the seat.
Then the next major event you instruct them to bring their alarm clock. Bring them onstage, give them a hammer and safety goggles, and let them destroy it into a hundred pieces!
Every time I do this, the entire hall erupts in pandemonium. People rush the stage, to grab a shard of the broken clock as a souvenir. Many keep it on the nightstand, next to their own alarm, so that every time it goes off, it’s a reminder of the day they will destroy their own.
Focus on the day you and your people will be free, celebrate the victories along the way, and that day will come!
You up for that?