“Yeah but’s” ruin celebrations

Your problem may be thinking about problems all the time.

Good leaders

Good leaders anticipate and prepare for challenges. To them, the next challenge is a grizzly storm on the horizon that needs to be addressed and conquered. Now is the time to develop a plan, reserve resources, and prepare people.

However, don’t bring up challenges during victory celebrations.

Great leaders

Great leaders pause and celebrate without mentioning impending storms. Let celebrations be celebrations. Pop the cork on stress and be happy.

Celebrate a short-term financial success. Don’t bring up the budget short-fall that everyone already knows about.

“We reached last quarter’s sales goal,” is good enough. Don’t add, “But, we’re off target this quarter.”

Let people enjoy success. Lighten up. Better yet, join the party.

Don’t worry, valid worries are waiting

Don’t ignore impending crisis. Don’t worry; valid problems aren’t going anywhere. They’ll meet you on the way to work tomorrow.

Yeah, but?

You may believe joyful celebration is the best time to challenge the troops. Usually it isn’t.

You minimize past success by using it as a platform to challenge people. “Great job everyone! Yeah, but we’re behind schedule for our next project.” Yeah-but moments are kill-joys and de-motivators.

You can challenge everyone tomorrow. Today, pause and celebrate.


Have you seen leaders waste a good victory celebration?

Can you think of exceptions to the idea that it’s best to let celebrations be celebrations.


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