I was invited to a client’s ‘Topping out’ ceremony on Friday and I made a few ‘notes to self’.
For those looking blankly at the screen, the construction industry marks the achievement of putting the last beam in place on top of a newly built building. It’s a get together to which key partners who have made the project possible are invited, plus a couple of local dignitaries and usually involves a glass of something and some nibbles.
The main note I made to myself is to mark achievements and celebrate more! Too often we just carry on plodding and forget to pat ourselves on the back when we’ve got a new client, finished a tough piece of work – or even reached a point in our business when we can recruit someone or take on a commercial lease; real rites of passage for a small business!
It’s so easy to get carried away by the momentum of running our business, as though we’re all running on a hamster wheel, and we rarely come up for air – and to see what we’ve achieved.
It’s ironic, as when I ran marketing teams in my past life, I was very conscious about congratulating my team, allowing celebration when we achieved a goal; got through a product launch; packed up after a 3 day exhibition or reached the end of a year-long marketing campaign. Why do I not allow myself the same reward?
So, thanks to the topping out ceremony, I’ve decided I will mark achievements and celebrate more in my business – we all should!
So please join me in raising a glass to my new part-time colleague, Limara Hassall, who started a couple of weeks ago and my new commercial premises, into which I’ll be moving later this month! Not only should you be congratulating yourself, but there’s a PR story in there…!