Do Australian and New Zealand small businesses celebrate success enough?
I ask this with a cup of tea in one hand and my other perched over a laptop just 24 hours after my organisation’s success at the 2011 Telstra Business Awards on Friday night.
Tea and a laptop? What sort of celebration is that? My business m.a.d.woman won the Yellow Pages Award for being judged Australia’s most Socially Responsible Business. Surely that calls for champagne. Every day for at least a week.
The reality is, that when you run your own show, there aren’t always enough hours in the day to celebrate wins. Often business owners are immediately caught up in their next pressing business project or issue.
Okay, so I did let my hair down for a few hours after the award was announced, and took time out today to recover. I also took a couple of days out of my business to take part in the awards and when I got back home, the inbox was overflowing and the messages mounting.
My normal response would be to power through the lot and ‘clear the decks’ to start the week ahead.
This time, I’ve changed my mind. I’m doing the top three items and the rest can wait. I’m getting myself a glass of bubbly. And maybe I’ll even have another one tomorrow with some of the team… This is one win really worth celebrating!
How do you celebrate success? Do we pat ourselves on the back enough?