Celebrate success. 

Isn’t it true there is something that happens when you celebrate? It really doesn’t matter WHAT is celebrated; it is simply a joyful time recognizing something SPECIAL.

As leaders, we should constantly be aware of an occasion to celebrate success and achievement. Celebrating doesn’t mean a trip to Vegas or Cabo San Lucas. Celebrating success is more of an attitude, a mindset, a philosophy.

We create a culture where we notice and recognize, and celebrate victories. It can become our natural way of behavior. We celebrate little and big wins. Whether you lead a company, department, division or team, you build an achievement-based culture when you celebrate and recognize your people.

You are creating an ongoing, self -perpetuating cycle of celebration and recognition that leads to more extraordinary but, most importantly-repeated, results.

Celebration becomes the FUEL that drives the growth engine. The Gallup organization found that the No.1 reason most Americans leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated. Before you think that is not in your company, consider that 65% of the people surveyed said they got no recognition for good work last year.

Here is what I believe to be true—people want more than a paycheck. Yes, of course, money is important. But your people also want challenging work with growth opportunities. They want to know that their hard work contributes to a positive outcome. Thus, celebrating success is so important. It communicates that the organization values and appreciates hard work and results. So I am reminding us all to CELEBRATE AND RECOGNIZE—it doesn’t take much effort or time, but it will pay dividends.