If you could start changing the culture of your team in just 60 seconds, would you?
We often talk about starting the day off on the right foot. We all know the dangers of getting up on the wrong side of the bed. But what about how we finish the day? It’s just as important to tie up the loose ends and ensure things are not only ready for the next day, but that we are going home feeling good about what we’ve done.
I watched a great video the other day about an activity a teacher had their high school students do at the end of every day. Students either took a moment to appreciate someone, apologize for something they’d done (big or small) or share an aha moment they had during the day.
The teacher explained that the purpose was to have time to reflect on the day. I think this could have a big impact on our teams at work as well – sharing recognition, improving relationships and building knowledge.
And it’s important that it happens at the end of the day. It’s easy to forget about thanking someone. It’s simple to convince yourself overnight that what you did isn’t a big deal and you don’t need to apologize. Insights don’t seem as notable the next morning when you’ve got so many other things to attend to.
So be sure to start your day off with some pep in your step, but don’t forget about how you feel when your head hits the pillow at the end of it.
A Team Human Conversation
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What type of morning rituals do you have?
What type of an impact might have a moment to reflect at the end of the day have on your team?
Take a moment to either recognize someone, apologize for something you’ve done or share an aha moment.