Once a quarter, along with a colleague of mine, I have the honor and privilege of performing a strategic planning day for about 35 – 50 local business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Together we spend an entire day out of the business, working on the business. The morning is all education and reflection, in the afternoon we create a strategic plan for the next ninety days of where we actually create action steps for each and every week to accomplish the priorities and goals set for the following quarter. There is a tremendous value from not only creating a clear plan for the quarter ahead but also for all those like-minded individuals sharing this experience together.
There is one particular part of the day that at least for me, I find extremely rewarding and empowering. This is what we call the win wall. The win wall is where our clients write all their wins for the prior quarter on separate post-it notes with a sharpie. They then get in a line, share their wins with the group and stick them on the wall. Listening to and sharing all these wins among all our clients and realizing that we had a small part in this is a very empowering and rewarding experience for me to them as well.
I share this experience and at the same time encourage you to participate in this process. The question that you want to ask yourself is, are you slowing down long enough to praise yourself and your team on the small wins along the way or are you waiting for the big grand goal to finally be accomplished before you celebrate? There are a couple of quotes I’m sure you heard before; “Success is in the journey, not the destination,” and “Stop to smell the roses.” What I believe is these quotes simply mean is to slow down and take count of the blessings and accomplishments along the way.
What would be the value if on a Monday morning meeting you as a leader just passed out a bunch of post-it notes and sharpies then asked all to share their wins with the group and stick them on the wall? Think of how empowering this could be in this type of environment. Think of how great your team will feel. In addition, what happens to the culture and attitude of your organization every time one of your team walks in the room and sees all those wins posted. Try it, I’m convinced you’ll receive the value.
My encouragement to you is to take the time to slow down and acknowledge yourself and your team on the small accomplishments along the way to the big goal. Leverage the value of creating your own win wall at a Monday morning meeting where everybody shares their wins for the year. Try it as it just may be one of your best meetings while setting you and the team up for a very productive and profitable week.
Celebrate, practice the win wall, and congratulations on your future.
COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice. Businesscoachmichaeldill.com