by Ron Noecker
There are times when I as a leader must perform the courageous task of helping my patients and team celebrate a milestone. Some may wonder about feeling joy when all around us there are difficulties. Or, some of my colleagues may also be afraid of feeling some sense of accomplishment because of so much that yet remains undone. In times of darkness, I don’t want to miss leading others to see and celebrate glimpses of light.
My patient may be missing the milestone of a son or daughter’s graduation or wedding. I want to help them call to mind the ways they helped them get to the moment. I want to give them permission to feel proud. I’ll listen to their stories or if possible share a toast with their favorite soda. I want to take the time to celebrate a patients completion of chemo or radiation treatment and give myself permission to feel good about doing my part to help them.
Looking for ways to help my colleagues celebrate when their patient is discharged, I’ll help them take some time to regroup before expecting them to begin a new admission. When my colleagues retire, I want to be a part of their reflections and feel their joy and sorrow when arriving at the milestone of retirement.
Divine Joy, give me the courage to pause to mark the milestones of accomplishment amid work or healing that remains undone. Keep me from focusing on scarcity or lack and squandering opportunities to rejoice in the achievements of myself or others. Knowing that I can hold both joy and sorrow, free me to lead with an attitude of eternal springtime. AMEN.
ACTION: Take some moments to assess which of your colleagues are celebrating milestones in their careers or families. What can you do to help your team mark the moment?
Learn more about the above photo by Kendall Draeger below. Our thanks to Kendall for his use in this series called, “Leadership.” Credit is given for the influence provided in “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown in these reflections. Learn more at BreneBrown.com.