If you’re anything like me, you are go, go, go when it comes to planning and thinking big-picture. Even when I am at the event happening in the moment, I’m already thinking about how it could have been better or I’m thinking about what thing is next. When it comes to a service, an event, a camp I feel I am good at the following:
- Planning out the event and getting people involved to help pull it off.
- Defining the win. What does a successful event look like? Do the volunteers know what a win is for them?
- Helping our team execute. Events and services we get to pull off are always top-notch and even if there was a hitch, our volunteers step up and make things happen.
There is one area that some of us are really bad at as leaders, but we need to get better at so we don’t run off our volunteers:
- Stop and celebrate the wins.
Like I said before, when one thing is over, I’m on the to the next one. It’s crazy to me that we can go to games of our favorite teams and when they win we cheer like crazy. Sometimes as the leader we are either thinking ahead or we are just tired or busy or we forget to celebrate. We can’t do this. The more and more people you add to your team, this becomes more and more important. If we fail to celebrate our wins, we will burn people out. Remembering to celebrate lets people know they are a part of something bigger than themselves.
After any event, we HAVE to make sure we celebrate.
What we celebrate gets replicated.
I know that I need to get better at this. I know I have been trying to be very intentional about this.