Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Proud Moments

I recently participated in a fast-paced and strategically focused series of planning meetings for my organization. One of the activities we did to kick-off the event was to publicly acknowledge one of our proudest moments while working at the company.

I had two pretty strong, and unexpected, reactions to this exercise.

I Hate It!
I didn't hate it because it was a bad idea; I hated it because I hadn't thought of it first. I was actually privately embarrassed that I wasn't using this approach as a regular part of my conversations with leaders and employees. I am blessed to work in an organization that literally performs miracles on a daily basis, yet somehow I had gotten caught up in the never ending stream of work drama and had lost sight of those miracles.

But I Love It!
Once I got over my self-inflicted humiliation, I got fired up about this approach. Key leaders, physicians, and community leaders one after the other shared their personal "proud moments" of being part of my organization.

It was absolutely awesome. This single exercise out of two intense days of brainstorming, discussion, and fortunately not 100% agreement on everything (bobble-heads and yes-men never changed the world!) was for me the most impactful part.

How About You
When was the last time you thought about your proudest moment working at your organization? Better yet, have you ever asked anyone about theirs? The answers might just be downright inspiring.

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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  1. I love this - why don't people do this more? Can you imagine being in your appraisal meeting and your boss asks you 'What was your proudest moment at work this year?'
    How many wonderful conversations could come out of a question like that?
    Yet another world-of-work changing idea to come from thw world wide web!

    1. Thanks Graham. The session has had the same effect on me too. So many possibilities!

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