Author Mike Figiuolo explains how to recognize and promote "wins" because to build momentum for your high-performing team and make them feel like they're accomplishing great things.
- Success and failure are part of running a team day to day. You need to recognize and promote wins, because it's going to build momentum for the team and make them feel like they're accomplishing great things. In terms of celebrating success, there are a lot of great ways to acknowledge success. You can give people bonuses, provide them visibility opportunities, maybe do some public recognition, can give people increased responsibilities, and even promotions. And all of those are very effective ways to celebrate success of your team members. But remember, just because you think something is valuable doesn't mean the team member will. You need to understand what personally motivates them and then reward them accordingly. Because if you're not thoughtful about it, something you think as a reward is going to be horrible from that person's perspective. For example, if you have somebody on your team who is very introverted and you decide that you're going to take their success and celebrate it by putting that person on stage in front of a large audience, that introvert might really hate that situation, and they'll feel very uncomfortable. And even though you thought you were rewarding them and celebrating their success, you've turned it into a bad experience. Or, for example, you have somebody who's very happy in their current role. They like their level of responsibilities because it allows them to have a proper work-life balance. And you decide they're doing such a great job and you want to celebrate that success, so you're going to give them a promotion with more responsibilities. Now they're pulling their hair out and they're very stressed out and unhappy because they really enjoyed their old role. And that promotion isn't a way to celebrate success. It's actually a punishment. So as you're thinking about celebrating success for your people, put yourself in their shoes and ask what would that individual really value? Be sure that you communicate that success to the rest of the team. It helps build momentum and creates a culture of winning among those team members. People will feel proud to be associated with their teammates who are doing such great things.
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